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Written by Line
(5/22/2010 8:36 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Or one with several leaves? nfm, penned by Stephanie
I can't find the darn reference now, but I remember reading in a commentary for "Emma" that in JA's day, hosts might invite a certain number to dinner, and then invite additional guests to come for coffee or tea about an hour *after* dinner. Perhaps that's where the crowd around the coffee and tea table (and the later card players) came from!
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