http://www.youth.cn  2013-09-19 16:43:45  中国青年网

  It is enough to make abutlerlose his composure. For Downton Abbey has been accused of basic etiquette errors – by the lady of the house.


  The Countess of Carnarvon, the mistress of Highclere Castle where the series is filmed, has criticised the ITV1 drama’s repeatedfaux pas.


  Among them, says Lady Carnarvon – who writes a blog in which she reveals how astatelyhome should really be run – are the incorrect setting of the table for dinner and the lack of servants.


  ‘It’s the little details,’ she says. ‘Glasses are back to front and things are set wrong. Setting up the table is an art. Knives, forks and spoons are set from the outside in, beginning with the bread knife and working through each course to cheese.


  ‘A pat of butter is impressed with theintertwinedCs andcoronetand placed in front of each guest. The wine glasses and water tumbler are arranged to the top right of each setting. Downton prefer a different arrangement.’


  ‘I don’t want to step on people’s toes so I’ve tried a few times to say, “Do you know you’re setting the table wrong?” I do feel, after all, that it’s my dining table and obviously we wouldn’t set it like that.’

  “我不想触怒他人,所以我好几次都试着说:‘你们知道餐具摆错了吗?’ 毕竟那是我的餐桌,而且很显然我们不会那样放餐具。”

  ‘They look at me blankly and I sort of try once more and then I give up… and now I try not to look because it’s easier.’


  Other tips from Lady Carnarvon, whose husband the 8th Earl of Carnarvon owns Highclere, near Newbury in Berkshire, include butlers wearing white gloves to keep fingerprints off the glasses.


  She has previously said a stately home of Downton Abbey’s size would, in the early 20th century when the programme is set, have had up to 60 domestic staff. At the end of the third series, the fictional Crawley family had only about a dozen servants.


  Her observations will delight the small group of Downton fans that takes to the internet after each episode to point outanachronisms.


  A spokeswoman for Carnival Films said: 'The team behind Downton Abbey applies the highest production values and the programme's historical advisor is on hand at all times to ensure that all elements of the production - including the set design, costumes and any props used - are as authentic as possible and in keeping with what was considered appropriate at the time.


  'As the drama is a fictional series, the twofootmendepicted are representative of a larger number of staff that would have existed at the time.'


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