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Letters From Europe and the West Indies: 1843-1862

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    Thurlow Weed (Author)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866. Excerpt: ... V. DUBLIN, July 3, 1843. There are no bells to awaken or to summon you to Breakfast here, as at our Hotels. Nor are you stunned by the sharp, piercing din of an execrable Gong. Bells are well enough, but I abhor Gongs. Guests begin to repair to the 'Coffee Boom' about 9 o'clock for Breakfast, which consists generally of a dish of black Tea, dry Toast, sometimes a boiled egg, and always a newspaper. This furnishes occupation for an hour. As I was up and walking or writing early, a piece of boiled salmon or a Porter-House steak was placed upon my table, much to the surprise if not to the horror of my neighbors. Nor is this the only barbarism of which I am guilty. I cannot yet dispense with the Knife as one of the appropriate modes of carrying food to the mouth, though I had learned from Mrs. Trollope, Basil Hall, and Fennimore Cooper, that it was heathenish to do so. I am aware that the knife has fallen into disuse at all fashionable tables even in America, and I am practicing with the fork, but cannot yet say much for the proficiency made, though with the two implements combined I am no second rate trencher man. And then it is painful to reflect that even after the knife is banished, we have but attained to a state of semi-refinement, for until the fork is thrown aside, the supremacy of fashion's law will be but half vindicated. The good Father De Smet, of whom I have spoken in a former Letter, says that the barbarous custom of using knives and forks at feasts has not reached a primitive race beyond the Rocky Mountains. On one occasion, he says, where he was invited by a powerful Chief to a stew of Dogs, the Master of the Feast so far tolerated his infirmity as to direct a Squaw to hand him the wooden spoon with which the banquet had been stirred, and as t...
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  • PDF | 188 pages
  • Thurlow Weed (Author)
  • General Books LLC (6 Feb. 2012)
  • English
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