Posted by Kate on May 17, 1998 at 14:16:10:
What a bizarre little play! I had enormous trouble working out who everybody was, and who was sitting on who's lap!!
My edition has lots of notes about the food they eat - it is all apparently incredibly vulgar and common
fried cowheel and onion ("trotters")
tripe is the stomach of a cow
crow is giblets
suet pudding is a boiled pudding - "not food of the genteel" which makes it more funny that Sir Arthur says it is "too high a dish for him"
The humour in this story seems to be in the gender reversal as well as the total absurdity of some of the behaviour - the men having to sit on the women's laps because there aren't enough chairs, the circulation of the wine while the women are in the room, who are apparently enthusiastic eaters and drinkers while the men are delicate!
a bumper is a full cup of wine
warmed ale and nutmeg "a comforting drink for invalids, not food for a dinner party"
- I hear an echo Laraine 11:28:26 5/20/98 (0)
- Similarily... May 00:05:01 5/18/98 (0)
- You beat me to it! Caroline 14:42:49 5/17/98 (0)
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