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Elizabethan Dining
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0556  Saturday, 25 August 2007

From: 		William Godshalk <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 17:01:39 -0400
Subject: 18.0553 Elizabethan Dining
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0553 Elizabethan Dining

 >V. Kerry Inman writes:
 >
 >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?

I grew up in Bangor, PA, and we called the noon meal "dinner" and the 
evening meal "supper." However, the noon meal was really only a snack -- 
a sandwich and a drink. Supper is when we ate heartily. Shakespeare's 
"Thou hast nor youth nor age, But, as it were, an after-dinner's sleep, 
Dreaming on both" would apparently refer to an afternoon nap.

Bill

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