It was a goodly sight--that table, with Martin Poyser's round good-humoured face and large person at the head of it helping his servants to the fragrant roast beef
and pleased when the empty plates came again.
"First, from two lovely blue eyes, whose bright orbs flashed lightning at their discharge, flew forth two pointed ogles; but, happily for our heroe, hit only a vast piece of beef
which he was then conveying into his plate, and harmless spent their force.
was set before him, and he began to carve, but with the most rueful expressions of discontent.
When they feast a friend they kill an ox, and set immediately a quarter of him raw upon the table (for their most elegant treat is raw beef
newly killed) with pepper and salt; the gall of the ox serves them for oil and vinegar; some, to heighten the delicacy of the entertainment, add a kind of sauce, which they call manta, made of what they take out of the guts of the ox; this they set on the fire, with butter, salt, pepper, and onion.
Athelny and Philip installed themselves in the great monkish chairs, and Sally brought them in two plates of beef
, Yorkshire pudding, baked potatoes, and cabbage.
On Saturday, you are able to swallow a little beef
tea, and to sit up on deck, and answer with a wan, sweet smile when kind-hearted people ask you how you feel now.
"Now, I should advise a hearty tea, then a brisk walk on deck; and by dinner-time you'll be clamouring for beef
, eh?" He went off laughing, excusing himself on the score of business.
It was a substantial meal; for, over and above the ordinary tea equipage, the board creaked beneath the weight of a jolly round of beef
, a ham of the first magnitude, and sundry towers of buttered Yorkshire cake, piled slice upon slice in most alluring order.
- Bighorn and Black-Tails.- Beef
and Venison.- Good Quarters and Good Cheer.- An Alarm.- An Intrusion.- Unwelcome Guests.- Desolation of the Larder.