All the knives and forks were working away at a rate that was quite alarming; very few words were spoken; and everybody seemed to eat his utmost in self-defense, as if a famine were expected to set in before breakfast time to-morrow morning, and it had become high time to assert the first law of nature.
--Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit
Born February 7, 1812
Clearly, he knew my family.
Happy Birthday, and a toast, to my literary idol.