What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew From Fox Hunting to Whist-The Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England
Edition: 1994 (Reprint)
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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 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publication date: 4/21/1994
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
|Hogsheads and Drams: English Measurement|
|The Public World|
|Precedence: Of Bishops, Barristers, and Baronets|
|How to Address Your Betters|
|Esq., Gent., K.C.B., etc.|
|Status: Gentlemen and Lesser Folk|
|Society and ""The Season""|
|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 Country House|