La Manier de se Contenir à Table
Knigge for Knights
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- Let thee courteous mind these rules.
- Pare your mails frequently
- Wash your hands before dinner and supper.
- Say grace before eating.
- Sit where your host tells you.
- Take first bread and wine; wait for other food
- don't spit chewed food into your dish, or dip meat in the salt-cellar,
or pick your teeth with the point of your knife, or spit; that's bad
- Don't roll your napkin into a rope. Keep the cloth clean ; put your
voids in a vessel.
- Don't stuff.
- Don't go to sleep at table, or belch, or break wind.
- Don't ask your host for too much wine, or let your tongue ran away
with you, or speak with a full mouth.
- Don't keep your hands under the table, or wipe your teeth with the cloth.
- Be cheerful and cultured; and if you joke, despise no one.
- Among great folk be silent.
- Don't offer your leftovers to anyone.
- If your dish is taken away, say nothing.
- Drink moderately so as not to muddle your head; and don't fill your
belly to spoil your face.
- If anyone gives you books, put them in your sleeve or bosom.
- Don'I keep the wine waiting while you dispute.
- If you sup from a glass, drink all the wine or throw it away.
- Don't eat unwashcd fruit
- Don't be greedy after cheese, take a little.
- Of walnuts, take only two or three.
- Don't spit in the washing-basin.
- Keep in your place while grace is said, and remember you sins.
- Thank your host before taking leave of the company.
- If drink is given after grace, let the host drink first, then you.
- Whoso attends to these things will be wiser; whoso will not, is not
worthy to sit at table.