Posted by P.Bingham on December 29, 1997 at 18:23:13:
In response to When's "tea" time? (nfm), written by May on December 18, 1997 at 22:05:15
During the Regency, tea and coffee would be taken at breakfast (in the morning but not called breakfast then of course) and after dinner (just as the men would stay at the table and drink and converse and the ladies would withdraw to the drawing room to take thier tea or coffee or whatever they might partake). Tea was not normally taken between breakfast and dinner though it might be served to someone who "stopped by for a chat" between these hours.
Also a note: Supper was not taken only casually. The meal that was taken at a ball (very late, probably about 11 or so or even later) would have been called a supper because it was taken after most of the participants had already taken thier dinner (at about 6 or eight or so). Just remember that supper was taken after Dinner at such occasions where people were still up and about and required something more to sustain them (such as a party.)
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