chilled crabs and asparagus tips;
fifty grams of Strasbourg pate;
onion soup a la Ansa;
wine with the soup...
"He went on for several minutes." (Rise Of The Terran Empire, p.136)
So why could we not have read the rest of it?
Van Rijn's host in the Saturn Room of the Hotel Universe, Bayard Story, orders the onion soup, recommended by van Rijn, and "'...the tournedos on the regular dinner, medium rare...'" (ibid.)
Story wants Solar Spice & Liquor to support the Seven in Space during the Mirkheim crisis. Van Rijn refuses and warns:
"'You will be surprised, Freeman, at how much I can bite all by myself.'" (p. 144)
Sure will. Solar will expose the Seven's arming of the Baburites.