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salt a salt-cellar: “The cover of the salt hides the salt,” THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, iii. 1. 351. “The ancient English salt-cellar was very different from the modern, being a large piece of plate, generally much ornamented, with a cover to keep the salt clean. There was but one salt-cellar on the dinner-table” (MALONE) . “The tables being long, the salt was commonly placed about the middle, and served as a kind of boundary to the different quality of the guests invited. Those of distinction were ranked above; the space below was assigned to the dependents, inferior relations of the master of the house, etc.” Gifford's note on Massinger's Works, vol. i. p. 170, ed. 1813.

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