Letter of the week Sacrilege!
IT was with very great distress that I read the August 17 Spectator column. How, as Editor, you could allow such an article to appear within your respected and excellent pages, I cannot imagine. To include the words ‘Who needs butter knives?’ not only in the article, but enlarged in the centre of the page, is a statement against all that this country and, I thought, COUNTRY LIFE holds so dear.
As a student in London in the 1960s, I was taught that three things were required to retain the dignity of life, which, at that time, seemed so precarious. They were to always sit at table to eat one’s meals, to always use a fabric (double damask, if possible) napkin and to always to use a butter knife.
I have continued to do all of these through years of teaching, 30 years as curator of an historic house and, now, in a monastic life. I would recommend it to any student, to those buying wedding gifts and especially to Leslie Geddes-brown. Richard A. Robson, York
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