What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew From Fox Hunting to Whist-The Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England

ISBN-10: 0671882368
ISBN-13: 9780671882365
Edition: 1994 (Reprint)
Authors: Daniel Pool
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Description: For every frustrated reader of the great nineteenth-century English novels of Austen, Trollope, Dickens, or the Brontës who has ever wondered whether a duke outranked an earl, when to yell "Tally Ho!" at a fox hunt, or how one landed in "debtor's  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 4/21/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

For every frustrated reader of the great nineteenth-century English novels of Austen, Trollope, Dickens, or the Brontës who has ever wondered whether a duke outranked an earl, when to yell "Tally Ho!" at a fox hunt, or how one landed in "debtor's prison," here is a "delightful reader's companion that lights up the literary dark"(The New York Times). This fascinating, lively guide clarifies the sometimes bizarre maze of rules, regulations, and customs that governed everyday life in Victorian England. Author Daniel Pool provides countless intriguing details (did you know that the "plums" in Christmas plum pudding were actually raisins?) on the Church of England, sex, Parliament, dinner parties, country house visiting, and a host of other aspects of nineteenth-century English life -- both "upstairs" and "downstairs." An illuminating glossary gives at a glance the meaning and significance of terms ranging from "ague" to "wainscoting," the specifics of the currency system, and a lively host of other details and curiosities of the day.

Introduction
The BasicsCurrency
The Calendar
Hogsheads and Drams: English Measurement
England
London
The Public World
Precedence: Of Bishops, Barristers, and Baronets
The Titled
How to Address Your Betters
Esq., Gent., K.C.B., etc.
Status: Gentlemen and Lesser Folk
Society
Society and ""The Season""
Basic Etiquette
How to Address the Nontitled
""May I Have This Dance?""
The Rules of Whist and Other Card Games
Calling Cards and Calls
The Major Rituals
Presentation at Court
The Dinner Party
The Ball
The Country House

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