Saturday, October 6, 2012

Tea in fiction: great scenes and tea as character traits

Arthur Dent crashes the Heart of Gold's master computer by asking it to synthesise a cup of tea in Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Also, In Restaurant At The End Of The Univers in "found a Nutri-Matic machine which had provided him with a plastic cup filled with a liquid that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea".

Cold Comfort Farm's not-so-romantic scene in the tea house

Inara Serra's companion welcoming ceremony in Firefly
(Don't bother playing this as it is just pictures)

Picard and his Earl Grey in Star Trek: The Next Generation

A cup of tea "couldn't hurt" in A Bridge Too Far

Sen-no-Rikyu's a ten-day tea-drinking orgy in Kyoto and Osaka with Hideyoshi in Rikyu

Mad Hatter's tea party in Alice In Wonderland

Bricktop always wants a cup of tea in Snatch. Best line: "Goody gumdrops. Get me a cup of tea, Errol."

Sherlock Holmes loves a cop of tea for thinking. His preference is commonly thought to be lapsang souchong even though the tea's flavour is never actually described in the books. For those who haven't tried it, it smells like bacon and is essentially smoked tea.

Willy Wonka's tea with edible teacup in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Tea and comfort given and much scheming done over tea in Pride and Prejudice

Inspector Thompsom pouring the milk in first in Gosford Park

Chocolate melted into Earl Grey tea in Chocolat

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