(duration 1 hour) Mr Adams, butler in a grand Regency house, who has been ‘in service’ for many years, explains and demonstrates the complex process of setting the table for dinner, paying particular attention to the etiquette associated with sitting to table and the ‘art’ of dining. The presentation is set in the year 1812 […]
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The description of this table and chair immediately bring to mind Austen’s own dealings with the Prince of Wales and her Dedication of Emma. Sycophancy was the word of the day.
Elinor sat down to her drawing-table as soon as he was out of the house, busily employed herself the whole day, neither sought nor avoided the mention of his name, appeared to interest herself almost as much as ever in the general concerns of the family; and if, by this conduct, she did not […]