A Parade of Shadows
The Victorian upper class typically took breakfast around ten, luncheon around one, and tea around five. Tea, a light meal, almost a snack, including a cup of tea and food such as muffins and light sandwiches, served a largely social function, and ladies in particular would often send invitations and make of tea a formal gathering. Tea would fortify the diner until dinner, which would be held around seven; supper could come even as late as midnight. These meals could extend for hours, and so it would not be unusual to find an English gentleman spending a fair amount of his time eating.