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Feeding Your Invalid in the 19th Century 7: Please, Sir, Can I Have More?

The Victorians adored gruel so much that the variations were endless – rice, flour, arrowroot, groats (a mixture of grains), cornmeal, toast, sago. It was the go-to food for everybody who was frail. As Mr. Woodhouse, in Jane Austen’s EMMA, says, “I recommend a little gruel to you before you go. You and I will

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