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Restaurant diners
The Novice

The Novice is a bit nervous because restaurants are an unusual venue for them. The problem is, then, of course, that they don't quite know what the rules of behaviour are. These are some of the questions whizzing round the head of the novice:

Which cutlery do I use when? Do I have to use this napkin? When do I put it on my knee? and when can I take it off? Which glass and bread role are mine, and which my neighbours? Do I order using the name of the dish, or the number printed at the side? Am I allowed to put my elbows on the table?

They spend the entire evening watching everybody else to see what they do. The novice would benefit from the knowledge that in fact every person in the restaurant is also deeply troubled by the very same questions.