“ ‘I have said this before,’ said Piero Strozzi austerely. ‘You have no sense of responsibility. Look at those titled louts at the end of the table who will not sit because they have not been brought wine. Do they not realize that pages cannot pass between the tables if they move about and meet their friends and slap one another, laughing?’
‘We have wine?’ said Lymond.
‘Yes. And some of us have had too much of it. Let us pass it,’ said Piero Strozzi, picking up two of the willow-covered flasks standing before him, ‘to those more deserving.’
The two bottles sailed through the air. ”
From The Hotel de ville Banquet scene, Checkmate, Dorothy Dunnett