If you’re planning to dine with anyone from the Victorian Era (or really any civil person today), you might do well to know and practice the following Victorian Era table etiquette:
- Never allow butter, soup or other food to remain in your whiskers (I wonder if this applies to old ladies or cats, too???)
- Never wear your gloves at the table unless something is wrong with your hand and it is unfit to be seen
- When serving others, do not overload their plates, nor give them delicacies they decline
- Never make a display when removing hair, insects or other disagreeable things from your food. Place such quietly under the edge of your plate.
- Each attendee must stay for an hour after dinner–it is impolite to hurry.
- Do not sneeze or cough at the table. It is better to excuse yourself than to sneeze or cough at the table. A sneeze can be prevented by placing the finger firmly on the upper lip.
- Avoid placing waste matter (potato skins, cherry pits, bones, etc) upon the tablecloth.
- Making noise while trying to get the last drop of your drink or soup should be avoided!
- Never open your mouth while chewing.
- Do not tip your chair backwards.
- Do not stand up from the table with food still in your mouth.
- Do not explain which foods do and do not agree with you!
There are actually TONS of other rules, some of these are common today and some of them just blew my mind (being required to hold your sneeze–hadn’t they ever heard that could blow your brain out your ears. *grins*).