Let­ter of the week Sacri­lege!

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

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

The writer of the let­ter of the week will win a bot­tle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Cham­pagne

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