Afternoon Tea

Never ask; the hostess offers. Ladies should not ask for more than one sugar, gentlemen should always have two. Afternoon tea is considered primarily a female function (a man is usually about his business at the time). Most males of the period view attending the ritual with the dread that 21st century men might reserve for a visit to their mother-in-law. Often, it is the only time in which women (especially married women) have the freedom to do as they please. For well-heeled Gutter Runners, it can be a good place to catch up on society gossip and, more importantly, find out who is doing what to (or with) whom!