"Mister Faktor took great care in selecting dishes that he knew you'd like," Henrietta informed everyone. "This party was planned months in advance, back in the fall--October, if I remember correctly. He said all of you had a very dear place in his heart and a very interesting history, even if he did not know you well. Hopefully, he will be down soon. He usually does not take this long to dress." She paused, listening for the master of the house upstairs. No reply.
The maid smiled, setting large silver trays, which were covered, in front of each guest. "Would anyone like to say a blessing over the food tonight?" she asked solicitously. "Perhaps by the time you have finished, he'll be down."