A Proper Method of Eating Eggs

A Proper Method of Eating Eggs
Preface: The following article is a snippet from the book "Men and Manners in America," which was first published in 1833. The book was written by Cyril Thorton, but the subject of the book was Thomas Hamilton. Thomas traveled to America in 1830 to check out the new country and had the following observations and commentary about how we ate eggs at the time. Enjoy....

Again: if the only proper and polite way of eating eggs be, - as our author supposes, - to convey the substance directly from the shell to the mouth, without the intervention of a wine-glass, a dish, or any other instrument except, perhaps, a spoon; - and on this point there are great authorities against him, for no less a personage than Baron Haussez, lately one of the ornaments of the French Court, and a gastronome of high distinction, considers it as great an abomination to eat eggs directly from the shell, as our author to do it in any other way, and makes it a matter of distinct reproach upon the English that they all adopt this practice: - but admitting that our author and those who with him and his countrymen eat from the shell are in the right, and that the Americans, the French, and other nations, who occasionally indulge themselves in an omelette aux fines herbes, a glass of mulled champagne or some preparation of the egg other than the au naturel are wrong, - and for ourselves we consider the whole controversy no more important than the quarrels of the Big and Little Endians in the empire of Lilliput,—still, however, if we were to grant all that our author can possibly desire in this particular, lie could not with any fairness conclude that the Constitution of the United States is a bad form of Government, in as much as that instrument prescribes no rule whatever on the subject of eating eggs, but leaves the citizen entirely free to eat them from the shell,—a wine-glass,—in omelettes,—poached, or in any other way that he may think proper.