arcana imperii :: the book of j


food & wine

a gentleman, having ordered a meal at a fine london restaurant, decided that he would like some wine to accompany his meal. so he summoned the wine steward and asked for a bottle of hock.

«hock, sir?» asked the steward.
«yes, hock, man. you know: hic, hunc, huius, huic, hoc.»
«hmm ... very good, sir.»

the food duly arrived, but without the wine. this perturbed the gentleman slightly, as he was accustomed to a higher standard of service. he began to dine, and at the next opportunity he beckoned the steward again.

«didn't i order a bottle of hock?»
«yes, sir, you did - but then you declined it.»