and Caleb and Paul were literally sitting at the head table as honoured guests. Paul felt like there were 800 eyes watching him. He felt conspicuous at the best of times, and this was hardly one of those!
Everyone but the dog was getting toasted, and Paul was getting
drunker by the minute. Somehow Caleb did not seem to be affected,
but Paul was in danger of embarrassing himself once again. Everyone
had a small bowl put in front of them and when the different courses
came out, the guests simply put the food into the bowl, ate that
course, then used the same bowl all night for subsequent courses.
Paul was not that hungry, especially seeing eyeballs and all of the
other “delicacies” he considered inedible. As the honoured guest, he
was given the greatest delicacies of all, which were placed in his bowl
even before any of the elders, such as the father of the bride, were
served. He felt that everyone was watching him eat.
He was sure he was not supposed to eat the bones, but the bowl
was incredibly small and the portions just kept coming and coming.
He had no idea what he was supposed to do with the damn bones,
and getting drunker and drunker he was having a difficult time figuring
it out. Finally, he just started to throw the bones underneath the table
and hope no one saw him!