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Re: Tea Time
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1310  Friday, 1 June 2001

[1]     From:   Gareth Euridge <
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        Date:   Thursday, 31 May 2001 11:13:37 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1297 Re: Tea Time

[2]     From:   Dana Shilling <
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        Date:   Thursday, 31 May 2001 12:13:23 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1297 Re: Tea Time

[3]     From:   Patrick Dolan <
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        Date:   Thursday, 31 May 2001 18:12:05 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1297 Re: Tea Time


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From:           Gareth Euridge <
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Date:           Thursday, 31 May 2001 11:13:37 -0400
Subject: 12.1297 Re: Tea Time
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1297 Re: Tea Time

It should also be noted, lest voices south of the M4 carry the day, that
in the midlands, "tea" is the term used for the evening meal generally
dished out (sorry, served . . . ) as soon as the labouring class can
drudge themselves home.  Even more peculiarly, it tends to be eaten with
one's children.

To this day, a northern provincial in England may, when down south,
receive the arch answer "why, sandwiches, naturally" to the seemingly
innocent question of "what's for tea?" The provincial Shakespeare must
have been familiar with such kindnesses.

Time for elevensies, gareth

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From:           Dana Shilling <
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Date:           Thursday, 31 May 2001 12:13:23 -0400
Subject: 12.1297 Re: Tea Time
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1297 Re: Tea Time

As far as I know, afternoon tea is supposed to be at four (although
teashops will serve it to barbarian tourists at other times). High tea
is whenever the eaters get back from the fields or the factory. However,
in France, tea is "le fif o'clock."

Dana Shilling

PS--I'm pretty sure that the Grantchester clock is stopped, it's always
10 to 3.

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From:           Patrick Dolan <
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Date:           Thursday, 31 May 2001 18:12:05 -0500
Subject: 12.1297 Re: Tea Time
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1297 Re: Tea Time

Evidence from Jagger/Richard in "Live with Me":

"I got nasty habits
I take tea at three."

Cheers,
Patrick

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