Lift cups by the handles, and wineglasses by the stem, and do not tip them up, until almost reversed upon the face, in order to drain the last drop. It is not necessary, and really bad form to completely empty a wineglass.
Never pick the teeth at the table. Such habits are well calculated to disgust sensitive people, and should be performed in private as much as any other portion of our daily toilet.
Never rinse the mouth with the last mouthful of coffee, tea or water; nothing can be more disagreeable.
Bread should be broken by the fingers in pieces sufficient for mouthfuls, as it is needed. Never butter a slice and cut with a knife; butter each piece as needed. Butter should never be eaten in large quantities.
Cake is broken in bits and eaten from the fingers. Very rich, crumbly, or filled cake may be eaten with a fork; tarts also, unless they are of a nature to permit the use of the fingers, and pastry of all kinds, as well as puddings not too liquid in form.
Muffins can be eaten from the plate with a fork, or they can be torn apart, buttered, and eaten while held in the fingers, like toasted bread.-226- Hot gems can be torn apart and partaken of in the same way. Never take one piece of bread or cake and then reject it for another.
If any little accident should occur at table, do not apologise for it; let it pass without note, and it will be apt to escape observation. If there should be anything accidentally spilled upon the cloth, the waiter should quickly remove the traces, and spread a fresh napkin over the soiled spot.
SUSIE WILSON MODERN DAY ETIQUETTE and FINISHING EXPERT.
Founder of Antoinette Champagne Finishing School
The modern day authority on all matters etiquette, taste and achievement.