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by Ambrose Bierce
TAIL

TABLE D'HOTE

-n.

A caterer's thrifty concession to the universal passion for irresponsibility.

   Old Paunchinello, freshly wed,
Took Madam P. to table,
And there deliriously fed
As fast as he was able.
   "I dote upon good grub," he cried,
Intent upon its throatage.
"Ah, yes," said the neglected bride,
"You're in your table d'hotage."

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