He was eating, and the empty plates were his votes.
She pushed their now empty plates to the side and moved closer.
Harriet asked from where she sat with an empty plate in front of her.
She got to her feet and picked up their empty plates.
She saw a mug left on a small table, and an empty plate.
The young woman gave her an intent look across their empty plates.
This wasn't the first time; empty plates had become common in the camp during the past year.
Crew Cut asked when he came by to pick up the empty plate.
He nodded towards the empty plate in front of him.
At last she rose from her chair and collected his empty plate.