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Emily Post (1873–1960).  Etiquette.  1922.

The Child at Table



“In eating soup the child must dip his spoon away from him—turning the outer rim of the spoon down as he does so....”—Chap. XXXV7



“In being taught to use knife and fork together, the child should at first cut only something very easy, such as a slice of chicken....”—Chap. XXXV9



“Having cut off a mouthful, he thrusts the fork through it, with prongs pointed downward and conveys it to his mouth with his left hand. He must learn to cut off and eat one mouthful at a time.”—Chap. XXXV10



“When no knife is being used, the fork is held in the right hand, whether used ‘prongs down’ to impale the meat or ‘prongs up’ to lift vegetables”—Chap. XXXV12



“Bread should always be broken into small pieces with the fingers before being buttered.”—Chap. XXXV43



“When he has finished eating the child should lay his knife and fork close together, side by side, with handles toward the right side of his plate.”—Chap. XXXV14


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