A History of High Tea (via Public House)
“Etiquette was that rule of conduct which was recognised by polite society, and to which all who desired to be admitted into fashionable circles had to submit.”
English Victorian women, as this advice from 1856 in A Manual of Etiquette For Ladies suggested, were to “give especial heed to the rules of etiquette. Their position in society demanded this.
This was life for middle class women in Victorian England. Propriety was everything, and nothing was more proper than an English cup of tea.