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Elizabethan Dining
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0553  Wednesday, 22 August 2007

From: 		V. Kerry Inman <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 21 Aug 2007 16:34:16 -0400
Subject: 18.0547 Elizabethan Dining
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0547 Elizabethan Dining

Quoting		David Lindley <
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 >Just by the way, 'dinner' was the name for the midday meal in the
 >lower-middle-class household in which I was brought up (and one had
 >'school dinners'). 'Lunch' was what posh people had.  They had supper in
 >the evening, we had tea. I still, resistantly, tend to retain these
 >labels...

Things English seem to persist. There are many details of Shakespeare as 
well as other English literary works which seem to filled in by the 
practices of "lower-middle-class" Englishmen and their colonial 
descendents. Growing up in New England, I too had dinner at noon and 
supper in the evening. I grew up in a mill town in which all the mills 
let out at noon for an hour and schools did as well. Our family had 
dinner together every noon and then went back to school or work. Is this 
perhaps the Elizabethan practice as well?

--V. Kerry Inman

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