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Miss Dora Baggins' Book of Manners  by Dreamflower 14 Review(s)
Nienor NinielReviewed Chapter: 6 on 7/22/2006
"The Rule of Thumb is to bring a Dish large enough to feed thrice as many Hobbits as are in one’s own Immediate Family. However, most Families see fit to bring Far More than the Rule calls for."

There must be a lot left for "filling up the corners", then!

I like the celebrations you invented!

All the best, Nienor

Author Reply: Well, of course there needs to be some for the "filling up of the corners"! Why it would be dreadful to end a meal with the corners unfilled!

French PonyReviewed Chapter: 6 on 7/22/2006
Having recently attended two All-Day Singings with Dinners-On-The-Grounds, I can only imagine the richness and variety of Hobbit potlucks. Considering what singers can produce, I imagine the Hobbit version would just punch any one of us right in the heart. I love that even wise Miss Dora can't think of a really good solution to the problem of holding plate, cutlery, and cup at a potluck. The only Proper Solution is to hold the Potluck Outside on a Green Lawn, so that Guests may Sit on the Soft Grass and engage in Pleasant Conversation.

it means Good Luck--which of course is only reasonable since they are now a Penny the richer

Miss Dora has a brilliantly dry Sense of Humor.

Considering her advice about the proper amounts of cutlery, Miss Dora might appreciate this old Austrian joke. It comes from the days when one Did Not Cut Fish With A Knife, because most knives used by the upper class were silver, and there was some chemical component in fish (and potatoes, too) that would discolor the blade:

Franki and Mucki were playing at the seashore one day. Franki swam out a little too far and did not notice the shark moving towards him. ARRR! The shark attacked Franki. Mucki, horrified, put a machete between his teeth, swam out to his friend, stabbed the shark with the machete, and killed it dead. Then he towed Franki back to shore and revived him. Franki first words to Mucki were: "Mucki! Fish? With a knife?!?!"

Author Reply: Yes, I am beginning to discover Miss Dora's sense of humor. She's very wry and subtle.

Oh, that's so funny! And hardly anyone nowadays would get a joke like that!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 6 on 7/22/2006
Big Folk do not often even eat Seconds, much less Thirds!

Hobbits are Far More Sensible.

Indeed they are! :D

Author Reply: Oh, wow! I'm finding all the reviews I missed while I was in the hospital!

Yes, Hobbits *are* more sensible!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 6 on 7/22/2006
LOL! This is delightful! I think this is the first chapter I've had the leisure to read through all the way. (I clicked into this story once, very early on, when you had posted perhaps the second or third chapter, and glanced over the first paragraph, and put it on my list as I was interrupted.)

Dh is watching the British Open at the moment which gives me a little unexpected weekend computer time!

The Festivals with their shared meals sound very familiar! As a matter of fact we're supposed to have one tomorrow after church. I wonder how many people will just hang out at the church for the rest of the afternoon and into the evening (providing the a/c is working). Food and fellowship and cool air. Lovely prospect.

Author Reply: I'm glad you're enjoying it! Miss Dora is huge fun to write, and I don't have to worry about *plot*!

Yes, it seemed to me that would just be a hobbity way of doing things as a community. Since there *are* no churches in the Shire, other things have to substitute, and food seems to be central to hobbit society.

I do feel sorry for you folk who are not used to this heat. Down here, pretty much *everyone* has A/C, and if they don't they know how best to deal with the heat. Y'all just aren't *used* to this!

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