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  • "The Channel was boisterous, but seasickness is not a fit subject for discussion; any book on etiquette will tell you that. And etiquette was at the front of Becky's mind as soon as they reached dry land, for once they were on the train, the countess began to teach her and Adelaide a thousand things they'd never dreamed of: how to address the chancellor, the precise difference in rank between the younger son of a count and the elder son of a baron, how to peel an orange at table, the right sort of conversational opening to make to a bishop—every conceivable kind of etiquettical topic, until their heads rang."

    The Tin Princess by Philip Pullman, p 51 of the 2008 Knopf paperback edition

    August 28, 2011