eat and talk

I have recalled an old Russian saying "thou shalt be silent and deaf while eating" which traces back at least to 1853 but is definitely much older than that. It's weird how crazy this rule seems now: everyone enjoys talking at the table, and some even recommend to "never eat alone". I'm glad I didn't hear these gloomy words for at least 20 years.

Артемий Трегубенко,

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