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It’s tempting to think that the 19th century was governed by rules. Even a simple thing such as moving around the house in company, had rules attached:
“The lady should be given the wall when descending stairs, but if merely passing from room to room, the man’s right arm should be offered to her.”
But rules abounded nowhere quite so much as hosting a dinner party.
“The direction of a table is no inconsiderate branch of a lady’s concern.”
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