Help me impress my friend by figuring out what book we're remembering
March 17, 2014 12:01 PM Subscribe
I was at lunch with a friend of mine and the conversation turned to escargot. She said, "I remember reading a book when I was a kid where the girl went out to a fancy restaurant, and she accidentally ordered escargot because she didn't know what they were."
posted by pretentious illiterate to Society & Culture (27 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I remembered that book, too, and it was the only scene I remembered. I think I must have learned what escargot was while reading it, but nothing else stuck out. We couldn't come up with another detail, not even one. The only thing I might add is that I think the girl was poor, at least poorer than the people who had invited her to dinner, because there was a general sense of being intimidated by the restaurant. It was probably a pretty famous book, since we both read it? And we're ~30, so it was published in the 1990s, if not earlier.
After we had this conversation, my friend said, "Oh well, I guess we'll never know."
"No," I said mysteriously. "Don't worry. I will figure it out."