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The butler keeps count of the arrival of expected guests, and announces dinner shortly after all are in the drawing-room. In case of a tardy guest he waits for the hostess to order the dinner served. He then enters the room, and, looking at the host or hostess, says, "Dinner is served," or "Madam is served," or simply bows to the hostess.


The Century Cook Book (1901).


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