Lucy : [on seeing her escargot, she tries but fails to eat it] Maybe if I had some ketchup.
Waiter : Sauce tomate?
Lucy : Yeah, sauce tomate.
[the waiter goes to the kitchen, hardly believing his ears]
Lucy : Lots of it!
Lucy : [while the waiter is away, Lucy picks up a snail and talks to it] I think an American cousin of yours ate my geranium plant.
Chef : [the chef comes out to Lucy’s table, furious] C’est ridicule, absolument ridicule. Sauce tomate!
[Lucy pays the 400 francs for the meal, but the waiter and chef return, calling for the police]
Chef and Waiter, together : Gendarme! Gendarme!
Lucy : Gendarme? POLICE?
Waiter : Oui, police, madame!
Lucy : Since when is it a crime to put ketchup on snails?
Chef : (This money is counterfeit.)
Escargot is the French word for snail. It is also a dish consisting of cooked land snails. It is often served as an hors d’oeuvre and is common in France, Greece and other countries.
Snail consumption has recently increased in the U.S.