*casually points out the pun of 'food for thought' with food in that last sentence*
Though, just to solidify the simile by going into the actual foods themselves for a minute, I looked them up (because I didn't know the difference
), and apparently a truffled turkey was considered one of the highest of delicacies, because truffles themselves had just come into fashion in the 1780s, especially in Paris, and had to be imported, whereas chestnuts were literally viewed as "food for poor people," and were said (in the late 1700s) to "give a sallow complexion." ( Chestnuts, however, were frequently used as a staple food, and even a grain, in senses, often as a substitute for potatoes, or in flour [though it wouldn't rise, another reason it was looked down upon]).
All right, so I may not be as experienced as a lot of you in all the allusions, but I figured it wouldn't do any harm to post some of the ones I'd never heard of here, just in case there were others who felt the same, because there were a lot in this chapter. Pigault-Lebrun
-- a French novelist and playwright who wrote/published his works after the French Revolution, one of which was Citateur
, "a collection of quotations against Christianity" Pyrrhon
-- a Greek philosopher who is known as the "father of Skepticism"Marquis d'Argens
-- a French philosopher and writer who was "an arch opponent of the Catholic church" M. Naigeon
-- a French atheist philosopherNeedham
-- John Needham, a biologist, who did an experiment that seemed to prove spontaneous regeneration, but was later called into question when repeated by another scientist, who finished with opposing results. Voltaire and Needham got into very heated arguments over his theory.
"...over the fas and the nefas"-- from Latin "Per fas et nefas," or "for all funds lawfully or unlawfully." Tertullian
-- A Roman Christian author who died in 225 A.D., "the father of Latin Christianity," and "the founder of Western theology"
Inter pocula-- Latin for, "over a glass; while drinking"Sardanapalus
-- Legendarily, "a decadent figure who spends his life in self-indulgence and dies in an orgy of destruction."Vincent de Paul
-- a Catholic priest and a saint, who is called the "Great Apostle of Charity"
Also, sorry not to have been here 'til now.
Hope I'm not too late.