“And is there honey still for tea?”*

*Closing line of Rupert Brooke’s The Old Vicarage, Grantchester (1912)

The painting shown is Frederick George Cotman’s One of the Family (1880)

Mother to Phyllis in E Nesbit’s The Railway Children (1906):

“Jam or butter, dear – not jam and butter. We can’t afford that sort of reckless luxury nowadays.”

Raby, Peter: Samuel Butler (1991):

“One day she saw me eating bread and butter and honey. Brought up as she was during the early days of Dr Butler’s married life, while he was still poor, no doubt she had been allowed bread and honey or bread and butter, but not bread and butter and honey. Such extravagance alarmed her, and she said that it was not heard of in her youth, neither among the young people whom she knew, nor yet, as far as she could gather, in any class of society.

“Why, my dear,” she said, “don’t you remember, “The Queen was in the parlour eating bread and honey”; she was not eating bread and butter and honey.”

To which I, being I suppose then about 14 or 15, replied that the Bible expressly enjoined us to eat butter with our honey.

“Butter and honey,” it said, “shalt thou eat.”

Whereon she dropped the subject.”

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