Be on the alert, and in case of accident, hand your napkin to the guest, and if necessary remove the trouble as soon as possible, lay down a mat on the soiled cloth, and replenish with knives and forks, napkin, etc., and procure the guest a fresh supply of what he was eating.
Always hand the sauce for each particular dish to the guest partaking of that dish.
If menus or bills of fare are used, place one at each plate. (Melissa de la Cruz is ALL OVER this one.)
Napkins are never supposed to appear a second time without washing. Hence napkin rings are domestic secrets, and not for company.
Never let two kinds of animal food or two kinds of pastry be eaten from the same plate; make a fresh course of each.
One good waiter is worth much more than two poor ones.
Everybody is always out of bread; prevent it if you can.
Two hours is long enough to serve any dinner that Christians ought to eat; three hours and half is too long.
The host goes in first with the lady, whom he seats to his right. The hostess goes in last with the gentleman, whom she places at her right.
Gloves are removed at the table and laid in the lap, under the napkin.
Ladies should draw their skirts in to a space that will not crowd their neighbors.
It is not proper to dip the knife or fork into the salt.
Avoid discussing the food.
A small house is more easily kept clean than a palace.
A dirty kitchen and bad cooking have driven many a husband and son, and many a daughter too, from a home that should have been a refuge from temptation.
Well, I certainly agree with that one about the palace.
On a totally different note, I got blood test results back from my doctor today. My FSH this month is 7.2! An excellent sign. And my doctor's increased my dosage of Follistim. I'll find out on Saturday how many follicles I've got growing. Hopefully a lot!