"I would rather have nothing but tea. " - Jane Austen
Pray, coffee drinkers, do not trifle with a connoisseur of the finer beverage, lest you find yourself forevermore excluded from respectable society.
In our illustration, we humbly present a woman with tea on her mind - literally. The crown of her hat is composed of an upside-down teacup, the brim a fetching saucer. Five more tea accoutrements complete the drawing, including a string of cups, fashionable tea leaf dress, chandelier steeper ball earrings, stirring spoon sunglasses and a bergamot flower brooch.
Yes, we have a penchant for Earl Grey tea (especially that which uses real bergamot oil and not "natural flavors" but we digress). And no, Earl Grey wasn’t yet a thing in Jane Austen’s day. Neither were Jackie O. sunglasses. But like Earl Grey, they are fabulous nonetheless.
A word of caution: Should you ever be so impertinent as to mention that dreaded black ooze of a beverage that begins with a “c,” we shall report your impropriety to Lady Chamomile at the next meeting of the HBPS - The Hot Beverage Preservation Society. You have been warned.
Quotation from Mansfield Park.
See our visual interpretation of "I am excessively diverted" by Jane Austen.
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