M. C. Beaton
Don't, when offered a dish at a friend's table, look at it critically,turn it about with the spoon and fork, and then refuse it.
--ETIQUETTE FOR WOMEN,BY ONE OF THE ARISTOCRACY
Winter is very democratic. In London, its grip extended from the slums of the East End to the elegant squares of Belgravia. Tempers were made as brittle as ice by the all-encompassing cold, even in the home of the Earl and Countess of Hadshire. Their London home in Eaton Square had run out of coal and wood. The butler blamed the housekeeper and the housekeeper blamed the first footman,