To live graciously in the time of Downtown Abbey, one would best understand the rubrics of society—and follow them closely. One rule: biscuits are served with tea, not cookies. Another rule: biscuits are presented in a barrel, not the plastic wrapping.
Above, a biscuit barrel—England’s version of the classic American cookie jar. Imagine the countless British schoolchildren, just home from class, reaching over the counter towards the sparkling container—and the delicious treats within.