What does he have against jam tarts?
Written by Tarn
(4/1/2008 1:29 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr Woodhouse- eggs or tart ?, penned by Mandy N
When Mr Woodhouse assures Miss Bates that Hartfield tarts harbour no unwholesome preserves, he seems to be against all preserves, on principle.
But surely, if Serle were to supervise the boiling of the fruits, there might be some wholesome Hartfield marmalade to go with the eggs and toast? How could he keep a gentleman's table if there were no preserves?
I suspect he might have poor teeth, leading to difficulty chewing hard boiled eggs, and pain (from dental caries) when eating very sweet things, like jam or sweet white wine.