"Another peculiarity of this country is the absence of napkins, even in the homes of the wealthy. Napkins, as a rule, are never used and one has to wipe one's mouth on the tablecloth, which in consequence suffers in appearance."
Baron Louis de Closen
About American eating habits (1780)
“Never trust the food in a restaurant on top of the tallest building in town that spends a lot of time folding napkins.”
“Never allow butter, soup or other food to remain on your whiskers. Use the napkin frequently.”
‘Hill's Manual of Social and Business Forms: Etiquette of the Table’ (1880)
“Do not drink more than two or three times during the meal, and wipe your lips with a napkin after each sip, especially if a common drinking-cup is used.”
Desiderius Erasmus (1466? - 1536)
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