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Eccentric etiquette among the elite

SALISBURY — Cultural historian and food writer Francine Segan has done specials for the Discovery Channel and the Food Network, but on Saturday, Feb. 23, she was at the Scoville Memorial Library as part of the Era of Elegance series, discussing the pomp and peculiarity of being a Gilded Age host or hostess.

Filled with the repressed conflict of wanting to both bring young couples together and conceal the true intimacy of marriage, Gilded Age balls and dinner parties were laden with ritual and social code. 

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