What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist-the Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 21, 1994 - Education - 416 pages
A “delightful reader’s companion” (The New York Times) to the great nineteenth-century British novels of Austen, Dickens, Trollope, the Brontės, and more, this lively guide clarifies the sometimes bizarre maze of rules and customs that governed life in Victorian England.

For anyone who has ever wondered whether a duke outranked an earl, when to yell “Tally Ho!” at a fox hunt, or how one landed in “debtor’s prison,” this book serves as an indispensable historical and literary resource. Author Daniel Pool provides countless intriguing details (did you know that the “plums” in Christmas plum pudding were actually raisins?) on the Church of England, sex, Parliament, dinner parties, country house visiting, and a host of other aspects of nineteenth-century English life—both “upstairs” and “downstairs.

An illuminating glossary gives at a glance the meaning and significance of terms ranging from “ague” to “wainscoting,” the specifics of the currency system, and a lively host of other details and curiosities of the day.
 

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Delightful; a sort of a time-traveling tourist’s guide to 19th-century England with specific focus on various terms that turn up in period literature. I used to consider myself fairly knowledgeable ... Read full review

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This book was a great disappointment to me. It was one that I've been wanting to read ever since I first heard of it, but it did not live up to expectations at all. The chatty and interesting title of ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
13
Currency
19
London
26
Of Bishops Barristers and Baronets
33
Esq Gent K C B etc
44
Society
50
The Horse
142
The Railroad
148
Sex
186
Houses with Names
194
The Orphan
234
Apprentices
240
Disease
246
Death and Other Grave Matters
252
Glossary 259
411
Copyright

Married Him
180

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Daniel Pool received a doctorate in political science from Brandeis University and a law degree from Columbia University. He lives in New York City.

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