No, Amy, I haven't been ignoring you. I just wanted to grab a cup of tea before you start telling me what's happening in the 19th century mansion you're a guest of. Trust me, I'm interested.
Okay, I'm gonna take you to the secret staircase Charlotte showed me yesterday.
It's just behind the bookcase to the left of the real door. No one would ever know it was there.
Guess where it leads to? Betcha've got no idea.
Really, Amy. How could I possibly have any idea when I've never been in a 19th century mansion? It could be anything. I'll take a guess and say a bedroom.
Give me a sec. These shelves are insanely hard to pull open cause they're so heavy.
There. Go up and take a look.
Oh my gosh. What a beautiful room. But why is it hidden beyond a secret staircase?
Yeah, I asked George the same thing. And he gave me a crazy look like I should already know. He told me that every mansion has a secret room. You know, to get away from all the guests and everything.
Right. The guests that Charlotte said were coming. What about them? Tell me about them.
Uh, okay. Well, there's a bunch of 'em staying here. Like, over twenty of 'em or something. They're all kinda weird ... but fun. So far, anyway.
The first one to arrive was George's father. He kissed my hand as soon as he saw me. He's doesn't seem like a dirty old man or anything though.
And there's a really funny couple here, too. I think their last name is Graham. He's a lawyer and makes jokes all the time. His wife is always laughing, which is really neat cause the lady and man in the last house I lived in were pretty serious all the time.
Yes, well I guess it's easier to be joyous when you're part of the upper class during the mid-1800s, and have no worries about money or where you'll get your next meal.
Ya, I suppose.
And then there's Mr. and Mrs. Davenport. He has the worst moustache I've ever seen. It's waaay too long. Bleh!
And there's also a coupla hot single guys that are guests, too. You should see 'em. Yaaass.
What!? What did you just say? You still there, Amy? Remember to behave yourself! You're in the 19th century! Oy.
In the 19th century there are stringent rules of etiquette, especially for guests:
It is important to not overstay your welcome - a short visit is preferred - no longer than three days. Husband and their wives are, of course, expected to arrive together, However, they must leave servants and children at home unless specifically requested to attend as well.
Guests should remain cheerful throughout the entire visit and find something to admire, and state their admiration to the hostess.
In the evenings, becoming part of the entertainment should be welcomed wholeheartedly, perhaps participating in a play, for instance. The hostess will be a sort of stage manager, or shall appoint an audience member for this responsibility.
Gossip is discouraged and should be withheld whenever possible.
Profanity is also considered immensely disrespectful and should never be used in the company of the host, hostess or other guests.
If you should find yourself wondering about your friend's financial state, refrain from mentioning it. It is good breeding to remain emotionless in these matters.
Conform to the habits of the home as much as possible.
Upon returning to your own home, a letter notifying the host and hostess that you have arrived safely will be appreciated.