Inspecting dinner ~ Yangshuo
Nov 7 2001

Snake was one of the dishes I had promised myself I would try while in China. After the dog debacle I ordered with great trepidation - how would I feel when the snake arrived from the nearby market? The same market where I had seen the dogs. It was with great solemnity that I studied what was soon going to be killed at my behest and had a special call not been made at 9:30 at night for this snake to be delivered, my courage would have been overwhelmed by my compassion and I would have sent him back. It was a beautiful creature that slithered valiently when put on the floor, pathetically unable to make any purchase on the slippery tiles. It was altogether a very sad experience.

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