A very little information...
Posted by Clare on March 21, 1998 at 15:00:36:
In response to gloves, seating, proceeding, etc, written by ElaineL on March 20, 1998 at 13:12:39
I am at a loss once again for those little details that are so helpful when writing a fanfic story. Unfortunately, I returned one book w/some dining details to the university library and won't be able to get it again for awhile. If you could recommend one book to purchase that has lots of details in it, what would it be?
I have found "Jane Austen's Town and Country Style" by Susan Watkins to have a lot of information- but none of it really answers your particular questions. There is one chapter called "Entertaining at home and the pleasures of food and wine" that details seating arrangements and how the courses were laid out. It does say that protocal dicated that the way would be led by the principal lady amoung the company- but it doesn't say who her escort should be. However, I had always understood that if there was a male guest of honor that he would be her escort into the dining room.
Also, it states that "water in bowls was available so that mouths could be rinsed, or hands washed, as fingers were probably used as frequently as forks." For this reason, I doubt if gloves were worn into supper.
This book is copyrighted 1990- but I can not find that it is available now from Bookserve or Amazon. I am going to try Jane Austen Books in Chicago after the weekend to see if they have a copy. There is another book by the same author (Susan Watkins) called "Jane Austen: In Style" but I don't think it is the same book. This book seems to deal with the houses, furnishings, etc that Jane Austen would have come in contact with- I think the other book is about the clothes- but I am not really sure.
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