Carving (from Carl Benson’s article, “Table Aesthetics,” 1848)

Cover-TableAestheticsI mention carving particularly, being every day painfully reminded of the defects of my early education in this point. It is a natural consequence of the system practiced at most of our colleges of cramming the students into an uncomfortable hall, and feeding them on the coarsest fare, that they should contract a pernicious and not easily eradicated habit of scarifying and mangling dishes without care or decency. On this theme alone a treatise might be written. Bad fare naturally and inevitably induces a disrespect for the table and a neglect of  proprieties.

Carl Benson, Table Aesthetics, 1848