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    Default to know correct Greenwich social time

    What does it mean?

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    Default Re: to know correct Greenwich social time

    On its own, it doesn't mean much to me; can you give more context?

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    Default Re: to know correct Greenwich social time

    Ok!

    'He supposed girls of - what was she? sixteen? seventeen? did drink gin and vermuth. But he reassured himself that Elvira knew, so to speak, correct Greenwich social time'

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    Default Re: to know correct Greenwich social time

    Not to start drinking alcohol until after 6.00pm Greenwich Mean Time.

    What's the book?

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    Default Re: to know correct Greenwich social time

    You're still at Bertram's Hotel, aren't you? It's a gentle joke: "Greenwich Mean Time" is of course the official, undisputable standard for time-keepers. Her (guardian, isn't he?) feels a little uneasy about Elvira drinking alcohol, but reminds himself that she must be aware of the correct way to behave socially. It's also a reference to time, in that "times have changed" and now young women can be seen in public drinking cocktails without damaging their reputation. So, "Greenwich social time" might be considered the official, undisputable standard for arbiters of society.

    [not a teacher]

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    Default Re: to know correct Greenwich social time

    Thanks, Del - I had forgotten PinkGreat was reading Bertram's Hotel!

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