Posted by Sherry on August 06, 1997 at 15:33:46:
In reply to Marvelous excerpt! posted by Jane Elizabeth on August 06, 1997 at 13:14:05
] 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!
On the P&P board I listed an excerpt from the journal of Louis Simond. This was in that same entry and it speaks to your comment above.
Drinking much and long leads to unavoidable consquences.Will it be credited,that,in a corner of the very dining-room, there is a certain convenient piece of furniture,to be used by anybody who wants it. The operation is performed very deliberately and undisguisedly,as a matter of course,and occassions no interruption of the conversation. I once asked why such a convenience was not placed out of the way in an adjoining room.and was answered that men of weak heads or stomachs took advantage of the opportunity to make their escape,shamefully, before they were quite drunk and it was to guard against such that this nice expedient had been invented.
I quess the men weren't so discreet, were they?
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