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    James Matthias Russell (Author)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIII. A RE-UNION ON CHRISTMAS EVE. HAT a wonderful institution among the masses of the morally and spiritually reformed the Tea Party is! 'The cup that cheers but not inebriates' is felt to be the fitting substitute for the banished glass of wine or spirit. Tea is the beverage usually partaken of in millions of homes at the close of the day's trials and toils, and 'tea'--as the evening meal, with its varied concomitants, has long been called--is, in many cases, the very beau-ideal of homely enjoyment. And, if this be true concerning the privacy of the family circle, we can easily understand that tea-meetings are the most social and homely of public gatherings. Dinner-courses, coming rapidly one after another, are apt to perplex the uninitiated, and there is in them a certain amount of stateliness which even those who are 'to the manner born' cannot quite get rid of, but the tea-meeting is the very embodiment of that which is free and simple and colloquial. It is the fashion in some quarters to sneer at tea-meetings. They are styled 'insipid and twaddling.' No doubt the tea itself is sometimes 'washy,' and the attendant and subsequent talk more so on certain occasions, but we have also an opinion that dinners have not always been good, and that human nature has even been known to twaddle 'over the walnuts and the wine.' But there we tread on delicate ground. Fashionable twaddle is to be excused, but other kinds of the same article are to be marked for condemnation. Truly this is a queer world, and it has its humours, and the observant moralist is much amused as he makes here and there a note. We think it fitting that, since many of the people of Fairley Court have become more truly homely and social, we should take our leave of them as they appeare...
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