My recent infatuation with Oliver Parker’s production of Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband” has me thinking more about Victorian and Edwardian dandies. So I enjoyed Helen Webberly’s post on the Edwardian Fast Set. This comment about why afternoon tea became so popular caught my eye
During the day, teatime was the occasion for private calls, normally because wives could entertain their lovers without fearing that their husbands might barge in at any moment, and the men could visit their mistresses without anyone wondering where they had been.
Silly me. And I thought it was all about the refreshment. One second thought, perhaps it was.