banquet,' Kate said firmly."
-SM Stirling, The High King Of Montival (New york, 2011), Chapter Seventeen, p. 373.
When Kate says that on p. 373, we know that we will read the menu on p. 374 - but there is more to the story this time:
roast suckling pigs
barons of beef, buffalo or elk
platters of smoked sturgeon
potatoes whipped with cream, scallions and garlic
potatoes au gratin
salads of greens, nuts and tomatoes
a dozen more dishes -
- and there are assassins among the waiters. If Mathilda had not glimpsed a reflection in the silver on the table, then the good guys would have been dead. After a pitched battle in the State dining room, Rudi becomes tired of continual violence. In this kind of fiction, our heroes fight one enemy after another but think what that would be like in reality.
The theme song of a British children's television series included the line:
"Life and love and happiness are well worth fighting for..."
- an obvious rationalization: the series was all about fighting, not about life, love or happiness.