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200. The Light Eater (2)
Oscar examined the pasta box. On the front,
large letters, was “Barilla Penne—Italy’s #1 Brand of
.” On the side, in small print at the
bottom, was “Product of U.S.A.” Oscar shook his
; they tricked me again, he thought. He added
cups of pasta to the boiling water and
the timer. While the pasta was cooking, Oscar
a cucumber out of the fridge. He peeled
, sliced it, salted the slices, and ate them
while he read This Week, a popular weekly
magazine. Finished with the cucumber, he sliced a
and ate it.
The timer went off. Oscar
the hot water through a plastic strainer, and
put the pasta into a bowl. He added
heaping tablespoon of butter to the hot pasta
let it melt in. Then he poured the
juice onto the pasta. He chopped up part
a red onion and mixed it into the
. He drained a can of boneless herring fillets
stirred them into the pasta. He sprinkled garlic
and grated parmesan cheese onto the pasta. He
a spoon into the bowl, sat down at
dining room table, and dug in.
the pasta, he washed the dirty dishes and
. Then he poured cold nonfat milk into a
glass, sat down, and slowly ate half of
five-ounce bar of Hershey’s Special Dark candy. He
it down with the milk. Now, that was
waiting for, he thought.