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The dinner was going along famously.  We had hors-d'oeuvres, the
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The Dinner Was Going Along Famously.

We had hors-d'oeuvres, the soup and the hare - all very tasty to look on and very soothing to the palate.

Then came the fowl, roasted, of course - the roast fowl is the national bird of France - and along with the fowl something exceedingly appetizing in the way of hearts of lettuce garnished with breasts of hothouse tomatoes cut on the bias.

When we were through with this the servants removed the debris and brought us hot plates. Then, with the air of one conferring a real treat on us, the butler bore around a tureen arrangement full of smoking-hot string-beans. When it came my turn I helped myself - copiously - and waited for what was to go with the beans. A pause ensued - to my imagination an embarrassed pause. Seeking a cue I glanced down the table and back again. There did not appear to be anything to go with the beans. The butler was standing at ease behind his master's chair - ease for a butler, I mean - and the other guests, it seemed to me, were waiting and watching. To myself I said:

"Well, sir, that butler certainly has made a J. Henry Fox Pass of himself this trip! Here, just when this dinner was getting to be one of the notable successes of the present century, he has to go and derange the whole running schedule by serving the salad when he should have served the beans, and the beans when he should have served the salad.

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