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On the Continent people have good food; in England people have good table manners.
In England it is bad manners to be clever, to assert something confidently. It may be your own personal view that two and two make four, but you must not state it in a self-assured way, because this is a democratic country and others may be of a different opinion.
Table manners are usually quite senseless all the world over. The rules are created by a small class of people who ridicule others for eating differently.
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