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A table for coffee, generally, was needed in the center of the living-room. Home entertaining was a serious affair in the old days, as a result of the event of tea. When a visitor makes a residence call, she or he must sit in the pillows, and must be served tea or coffee, with some biscuits or crepes. These will be set up in a tray, with a fragile china service, and afterwards served as well as put upon the coffee table. After that, the afternoon will be whiled away with conversation, stories, and information.