Posted in Kafevend Blog
Act one, scene one: a dining
room. The quality of the furniture suggests that whoever owns this
house is probably quite well off. Four people enter from the right; a
couple of couples, engaged in idle chit chat and laughing at each
other's poor witticisms with an irritating "fnah, fnah".
They take their seats as a sombre-looking fellow carries in a tray
laden with finest china; he sets it down on the table and pours each
one a cup of tea. As he leaves, the four grasp their tea cups with
thumb, fore and middle finger, their pinkies jutting outward as if
sandwiched between a couple of splints. What are they doing wrong?
It is not proper ettiquette
to stick out your little finger when holding a cup! This common
occurrence is attributed to a mix up over the
three and five fingered eating rules for etiquette, based on the
habits of the ancient Romans. Food was most often eaten using the
hands, but high status Romans would only use the thumb, fore and
middle finger, keeping the ring and little finger clean. The five
fingered grip was how the commoners ate their food. The three
fingered rule still applies when eating today, apparently.
holding a cup, keep your little finger curled in and be sure to look
into the cup as you drink from it- if you look past it whilst engaged
in a conversation, you might miss your mouth and make a bit of a