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Miss Dora Baggins' Book of Manners  by Dreamflower 12 Review(s)
French PonyReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/18/2006
Another wonderful lesson from Miss Dora! I especially like the touch of offering a Hobbit something to wash their feet in after walking barefoot in weather appropriate to the English countryside. I just bet that a nice foot bath and a brush would be a welcome thing.

Author Reply: I certainly think that it would--never wearing shoes in any kind of weather must have made for its own set of rules and behaviors.

I'm glad you are enjoying this!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 7 on 8/18/2006
I wonder how many folk found themselves slamming doors in Lobelia's face as she sought to enter with complaint on her lips.

Lovely look at proper behavior once more, and LOVE the idea of assigning tasks to those who've attempted to make themselves permanent guests.

Author Reply: Ah yes. I am thinking that Miss Dora had Lobelia and her family Firmly In Mind when she wrote that part of the chapter. Lobelia, at least as I have characterized her, is one who is deliberately rude--her behavior in canon is insulting and outrageous, and I can't think she doesn't know better--but I think all of us have known people who have found that the best way to get what they want out of folks who are decently civilized and polite is to be deliberately rude and confrontational. And *that* I am sure, is not something Miss Dora would Countenance!

Seems to me in a society where it's expected that one would automatically put up any family or friends (or even acquaintances) who showed up at the door, that sometimes it might be hard to get rid of freeloaders. And since the idea of freeloading is to get something for nothing, being given chores and responsibilities would be a way to get rid of them.

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