"If he has time to write a treatise on peacock cuisine, how busy can he be?" The master expresses some annoyance.
"At any rate, given my current succession of indulgences, it's all but inevitable that I'll soon enough be dyspeptic like yourself. ..."
"He could leave me out of it. Since when am I the poster child for dyspepsia?" The master mutters his objection.
"According to historians, The Romans feasted two to three times daily. Sitting down to gorge oneself, multiple times per day, is bound to take its toll, even on the strongest of stomachs. Accordingly, in due course they would end up like yourself. ..."
"There he goes with 'like yourself' again. Insolent rogue!"
"However, they left no stone unturned in their efforts to reconcile their extravagance and their health. Aware of the need to maintain digestive normalcy while still indulging their great cravings, they hit upon a secret method. ..."
"Well now." The master's interest is suddenly piqued.
"After eating, they made it their habit to bathe. And after bathing, through a certain process, they would purge up all that they'd eaten before, emptying out their stomachs. After thus having cleansed their stomachs, they were ready to feast again. They partook of delicacies to their hearts' content, and after having partaken, again they bathed and purged. Thus repeating, they could indulge their cravings to no end, without ill-treating their digestive organs. If this is not 'two birds with one stone' then I can't think what is. ..."
"It's certainly that. Two birds with one stone." The master's expression betrays a tinge of envy.
"Here in this twentieth century, where endless associations and frequent banquets are the norm, and where we now enter a second year of aggression vis-à-vis Russia and prepare to emerge a victorious nation, we'd do well to learn from the Romans. We're at the juncture, I believe with utmost conviction, where we must learn anew this technique of bathing and purging. If we don't, then I worry greatly that we'll have elevated ourselves only to become, in short order, a nation of dyspeptics like yourself. ..."