The Question and Answer section for How to Read Literature Like a Professor is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Failed meals are a bad sign.... something bad is going to happen
A different outcome, but the same logic, I think. If a well-run meal or snack portends good things for community and understanding, then the failed meal stands as a bad sign.
From the text:
The real reason for a quest is always self-knowledge. That's why questers are so often young, inexperienced, immature, and sheltered. Forty-five-year-old men either have self-knowledge or they're never going to get it, while your...