This question needs to go back to the time of Maupassant. The novel was published in 1883 in the period of the Third French Republic (1871-1940). The reason why eating oysters is elegant and noble, first is that oysters are expensive, otherwise eating snails will give you that feeling? 1. 3 oysters = 60 baguettes = 10 lamb chops = 5 days salary for sewing workers = 3 days daily expenses. From the original text, it should be 3 people (father and two sisters) each ate 1 oyster, total The price is 2.5 francs. ——But I suspect that the son-in-law also ate one, based on the fact that the father “stared at the daughter-in-law who was squeezed by the oyster seller.” 2 francs 1895 (1870-1895) the currency at the time, 1 franc = 20 sou = 100 centimes. “Les Miserables” was written in 1862, about 20 years earlier than “My Uncle Yule”, you can refer to the prices recorded in it . 1 baguette = 1 sou = 0.05 francs; 1 lamb chop = 6~7 sous = 0.3~0.35 francs. 17-hour sewing salary = 12 sous = 0.6 francs. Daily diet = 18~20 sous = 0.9~1 franc The third paragraph of “My Uncle Yule” mentioned, “Sisters make their own clothes, and they often have to argue for a long time on the price when they buy fifteen copper and one-meter laces.” The English version of fifteen coppers is “fifteen centimes”. “, that is, 15 students. 15 centimes still have to bargain, eat 2.5 francs (250 centimes) of oysters and give 0.5 francs (50 centimes) a tip. These 3 oysters actually cost 3 francs, which is equivalent to eating 60 baguettes or 10 Lamb chops or sewing workers are paid for 5 days or 3 days of daily expenses. It can be seen that the Le Havre family does not have much money, and eating oysters is very luxurious. There are two practical reasons for the luxury of eating oysters. First, the economy was not good at that time. From 1883 to 1896, the French economy almost stopped growing, and a year before the publication of “My Uncle Yule”, there was an economic crisis and more than 7,000 companies closed down. Second, the production of oysters was not high at that time . From 1836 to 1847, the French fishing port and oyster center Cancale caught about 50 to 70 million European oysters every year. By 1856, the average annual output had dropped to 18 million, and finally reached the bottom of about 1 million to 2 million per year in the early 1860s. It was not until 1868 that a ship dumped about 600,000 spoiled Portuguese oysters into the sea, and some small oysters multiplied, and the production began to recover. The high price of oysters makes eating it an upper-class social custom. For the poor Le Havre family, watching others eat expensive things that they have not eaten, no matter how they eat it, it feels fresh. 2. How to eat oysters to be elegant? Let’s remember first, how to eat Western food is noble and elegant? The restaurant has enough grades, the atmosphere has to have a feeling, the waiter service is good, the knives and forks have different uses, the dishes are exquisite and the serving size is small, the jazz is served, the diners have exquisite makeup…How do you write “My Uncle Yule”? My father suddenly saw two gentlemen asking two beautifully dressed ladies to eat oysters. An old sailor in ragged clothes pried open the oyster with a knife, handed it to the two gentlemen, and then they passed it to the two wives. Their eating method is also very elegant. One of the exquisite handkerchiefs held the oyster shells and stretched their mouth slightly forward so as not to stain their clothes; then, with a slight movement of their mouths, they drank the juice and threw the oyster shells in. Nautical miles. The makeup, dishes, and service are all available, but the environment and atmosphere are so different. In fact, the wife’s way of eating is not considered “gentle”. The mouth stretched forward and moved slightly, which made me imagine frogs predating. This is mainly to avoid soiling the clothes, rather than being really elegant. Besides throwing oyster shells into the sea, how elegant is it? Then why does this way of eating still make “my father” feel good? First of all, the wife is beautifully dressed, and beautiful people are pleasing to the eye when eating. There is also a “more elegant” eating style than the Le Havre family. How do the Le Havre family eat? I get used to being hungry, and everyone grabs the food as soon as it’s on the table, gorging it, and making noises. In contrast, the wife’s way of tasting food is undoubtedly “more elegant”. Furthermore, the oyster shells were passed from the old sailor in ragged clothes to his wife through the husband, held by a handkerchief, very gentleman and very particular. Behind this represents the style of the upper class, and this is what attracts the Le Havre family the most. What about the truly elegant and noble way of eating at the time of “My Uncle Yule”? From the postcards from the BelleÉpoque period , you can see that you should be sitting in the dining room, with oysters paired with Demi-Sec champagne, and using a special oyster fork.