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Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 6:19:23 AM

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This is once again from "Ten Little Indians":

Vera moved to the tea-table. There was a cheerful rattle and clink of china.
Normality returned.


They were going to have tea. Is my guess right that "china" here is for tea-cups?
thar
Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 6:25:42 AM

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Yes. Except 'tea' can also be a meal, with small plates and cake forks. So maybe the clink of teacups on saucers, maybe of cutlery on plates.
It might make it clear in context, what 'tea' meant. If they moved to a table, I would expect a light meal. You can drink tea in your chair - you don't generally move to a table.

You are right it means ceramic ware - but that includes plates.

Tea
Tfd
Quote:
7. Chiefly British
a. An afternoon refreshment consisting usually of sandwiches and cakes served with tea.



Of course, since they were in Devon, maybe it was a cream tea.Whistle



Quote:

Devonshire cream teas have been made with cream on the bottom and jam on top ever since their origin in Tavistock Abbey in Devon, where the tradition of eating bread with cream and jam began in the 11th century. This origin of the Cream Tea is disputed by the Cornish who believe the only way to serve a cream tea is with the cream on top.

Historically, there have been more variations between Cornish and Devon cream teas than just whether jam or cream is placed on top. In Cornwall, the cream tea was traditionally served with a "Cornish split", a type of slightly sweet white bread roll, rather than a scone. But nowadays the scones and clotted cream used throughout tearooms in both counties is very similar and therefore the main difference is how you choose to have it.


Whistle

Nah, they weren't tourists. Probably just cucumber sandwiches, Victoria sponge and a cup of tea.
Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 6:42:54 AM

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'China' here means the lovely noise produced when cups and crockery made of China Clay (as ceramic was normally referred to, years ago) dash against each other without getting broke.

It's more so because it has to side with the word 'rattle'.






China-Clay Vase




Me Gathering Pebbles at The Seashore.-Aj
Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 6:52:02 AM

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Thank you, Thar and AJ!

Mmm, I was planning to skip lunch..
Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 6:57:51 AM

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hi Kirill Vorobyov,don't skip, rather enjoy this delectable Indian lunch.



Me Gathering Pebbles at The Seashore.-Aj
Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 7:01:50 AM

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What a skilled seducer you are!
But I think you are right. I think I've seen an article recently or some kind of ad saying it's bad for health to skip one's meals.
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