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[Note 329.7] "He'd near drained Fortunes cup":- may be a reference to the practice of reading fortunes by interpreting the pattern of leaves left in the cup after the tea had been consumed. Reading the tea leaves became popular in the 19th century (ref http://tarotamber75.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/brief-history-of-tea-leaf-reading/) It was also the kind of superstitious practice likely to draw the sneers of the upper classes.

 

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