The dinner hour

 In America the dinner hour is not a fixture, since it varies in various sections of the country.

The ordinary New York hour when “giving a dinner” is eight o’clock, half past eight in Newport.

In New York, when dining and going to the opera, one is usually asked for seven-fifteen, and for seven-thirty before going to a play.

Otherwise only “quiet” people dine before eight.

But invitations should, of course, be issued for whatever hour is customary in the place where the dinner is given.

Emily Post

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