[Sca-cooks] Largesse: What to avoid.

Antonia Calvo ladyadele at paradise.net.nz
Mon Aug 10 12:54:39 PDT 2009

Judith Epstein wrote:
> (Yes, I'm thinking of myself, here -- I couldn't accept a  rosary, no 
> matter how nicely offered, because I'm not religiously permitted to 
> accept that type of thing. But because it's considered such a breach 
> of etiquette to refuse a gift, I'd be stuck looking very rude, because 
> I would give precedence to my religious principles over SCA etiquette. 
> A person who has particularly severe allergies might be in the same 
> position, with regard to largesse of foods. 

Except that the person with allergies has the simple option of saying 
"thank you very mug," handung the basket to a retainer, and *not eating 
the contents*.  If they were *really* worried, they could ask a retainer 
to take the basket without handling it themselves (although I've never 
heard of an allergy quite that severe, unless possibly the basket had 
been smeared with peanut butter, wiped, and put back into service).

Antonia di Benedetto Calvo

Habeo metrum - musicamque,
hominem meam. Expectat alium quid?
-Georgeus Gershwinus

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