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flylikeeagle
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:31:39 AM

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From "The Food of the Gods", by H. G. Wells:

"he had no more idea of how to behave under such circumstances than he had of the etiquette of the Day of Judgment. He was still dashing about the flat asking his furniture what he should do."

What is meant by "the etiquette of the Day of Judgment" in that context?
flylikeeagle
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:32:24 AM

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https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/w/wells/hg/food/chapter5.html
thar
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:06:07 AM

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The Day of Judgement is the end of the world when you all stand before God to be judged. Obviously this is written from a culture with Christian context, but I think the main idea is pretty similar among Abrahamic religions.
The point is, nobody knows the etiquette, how to behave at that point. What is the etiquette? Do you bow, kneel, shake hands? Should you be wearing evening dress or something more casual? Do you offer them tea or sherry? It is not something you can be taught at school, or through experience. Nobody knows. It is completely outside anybody's experience.

He is comparing the current situation to that hypothetical one.

He had no more knowledge of what to do now, than he had about what the etiquette would be when standing before God on the Day of Judgement. Ie - no idea at all!

Which was why he was dashing around the flat asking the furniture for advice!

It is not a religious statement. It is just a fun comment, a bit of a joke by its exaggeration. It is just making a comparison with the most 'unknowable' thing he could compare it to - and being in the presence of God for final Judgement is the ultimate example of an experience you cannot be prepared for with your etiquette lessons at school!
FROSTY X RIME
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:32:27 AM

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it's rather hilarious .. he asked his furniture for advice.. ;)

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thar
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:56:19 AM

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Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 12:50:41 PM

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A well-worn armchair is likely to have strong opinions, too — though a table lamp is more likely to shed light on the situation.

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thar
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 1:11:28 PM

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d'oh!

A table lamp, yes, but don't expect much from a standard lamp. They just trot out the same old stuff you already know.
Romany
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 1:29:22 PM
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Nah - I find the drinks cabinet to be the best source of knowledge - some depressing, some exciting, some you may never have encountered before.

And the really great thing is, that the more you talk to it the more it talks back!
NKM
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 1:40:05 PM

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thar wrote:
d'oh!

A table lamp, yes, but don't expect much from a standard lamp. They just trot out the same old stuff you already know.

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I guess a table lamp has no standards! Boo hoo!



I must ask: Is it common in British English to refer to what we Yanks call a "floor lamp" as a "standard lamp"?

Orson Burleigh
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:52:27 PM

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NKM wrote:
thar wrote:
d'oh!

A table lamp, yes, but don't expect much from a standard lamp. They just trot out the same old stuff you already know.

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I guess a table lamp has no standards! Boo hoo!



I must ask: Is it common in British English to refer to what we Yanks call a "floor lamp" as a "standard lamp"?



It seems that one's bookshelves might be the preferred advisors; though even there, consensus might not be availableThink
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:26:05 PM

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Orson Burleigh wrote:
NKM wrote:
thar wrote:
d'oh!

A table lamp, yes, but don't expect much from a standard lamp. They just trot out the same old stuff you already know.

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I guess a table lamp has no standards! Boo hoo!



I must ask: Is it common in British English to refer to what we Yanks call a "floor lamp" as a "standard lamp"?



It seems that one's bookshelves might be the preferred advisors; though even there, consensus might not be availableThink


Yes we do commonly call them standard lamps, I wonder if it's because they are named after a standard that a herald might carry?

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thar
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 6:31:35 PM

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I just realised it probably is a religious analogy on purpose. I was just reading it as hyperbole but given the context it is quite relevant that he is talking about not knowing what to do when faced with "God". He is equally lost in this unexpected situation.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:56:54 PM

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And one could consult the ottoman, but may not understand any answer given.


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thar
Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 3:10:13 AM

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Frankly the ottoman makes more sense than the French dresser. And whatever the ottoman says, the Austrian blinds will disagree on principal.
So would the Venetians - probably the only thing they agree on is to disagree with the ottoman.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 6:34:07 AM

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Years years back one of my friends, after having smoked some weed, tried to entice a lamppost for three hours. That's when I decided to never start using dope.


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