The table was set for a meal, ladder-back chairs gathered around, some plates already served.
Who could ignore those plates of salmon served with blue potatoes?
"Plain plates and plain cutlery will serve around here just fine."
The only thing remotely nouvelle is the attempt to prettify the plates served.
But the plate, ugly as it was, did serve to seal off yet another passageway entrance.
The bony plates along this creature's back may have served as a sort of radiator, regulating body temperature.
The hot plate served to give it a good sendoff, nothing more.
The main course should begin with fresh empty plates served at the table or from a buffet so people can have exactly what they want.
Some were eating plates of food served through a hatch in one wall.
These plates are a protective armour and serve as camouflage.