The Correct Thing - At A Dinner|
(in polite society)
Florence Hall - Author
D. Martin - editor
It IS the correct thing ...|
To pay great attention to the selection of the guests, choosing those who will be agreeable to one another, and remembering that while there may be variety, there must be harmony.
For a host and hostess to sit at either end or in the middle of either side of the dining table.
To remember that plain dishes well prepared are much better liked by every one than elaborate dishes made without the requisite skill.
To arrange the decorations of the table high enough for the guests to be able to see under, or low enough for them to see over these ornamentations.
To place the glasses on the right side of each plate.
For the hostess to give the signal to leave the table when she sees that there is a lull in the conversation.
It IS NOT the correct thing ...
To invite many people who like to monopolize conversation; one of this kind will be found amply sufficient.
For the hostess to go into dinner first.
To use artificial flowers.
To place the knives at the top of the plate, instead of at the side.
To put the glasses on the table with the stems up.
To set the table in such a careless manner that the guests will be uncertain as to which is each person's glass of water or piece of bread.