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    Florence Hull Winterburn
Excerpt from book: II AFTERNOON TEA DURING the past two hundred and fifty years, since a certain astute Dutchman introduced from China the queer little leaf since become so generally popular, almost everything that can be said in favor of the gentle beverage distilled from it has been said. Every little while some alarmist rushes into denunciations of the dreadful danger of tannin, says that England is in the first stages of that lethargy in which China has been drowned for generations, and preaches abstinence from the terrible herb, but the effect of such sermons lasts only until the abstainer begins to feel creeping over him that loneliness and depression which the cup of tea was expressly invented to dispel: then, presto! the dainty cup is welcomed backas a friend in need, and away with apprehensions. Brain-workers have been from the first the most zealous advocates of tea as a beverage. Of its abuse Dr. Johnson is the most woeful example: but of what in the way of food excess is not that great eccentric an example ? And then his thirty cups were like the lies of the baby— "such little ones!" And one pardons gluttony to the maturity of the man whose youth was a state of chronic starvation. "Reader," asks George Eliot, earnestly, "have you ever drunk a cup of tea with real country cream?" And she goes on to expatiate, with unusual animation for so philosophical a soul, on the "dulcet properties" of that exquisite combination. But there are people who protest that cream spoils tea, that sugar is an offense to it, and who swallow with enjoyment the clear infusion as it is poured from the pot. However wholesome, I confess that to me it seems a barren, naked sort of pleasure, this of seeing a tea-pot divorced from its pretty adjuncts of cream-jug and sugar-bowl, allof one pattern, and spre...  
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