Posted by Jane Elizabeth on August 06, 1997 at 13:14:05:
In reply to day at an English country house 1785 posted by sherry on August 06, 1997 at 10:34:54
Thanks for this post. Is there more? I can't imagine what the men were discussing that so shocked de R. I always assumed it was the French who shocked the English!
I read recently that women left the table before the men so as to use the water closet discreetly. Certainly it was likely they did so, but, really, I think both sexes also needed to go off for a bit and dish the dirt!
Nowadays, the same gender split still occurs after a dinner gathering. Have you ever noticed how the men will wander off to watch sports or toss a ball around, while the women end up chatting in the kitchen? (AND doing the dishes...some things never change)
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