When Steinbeck and Robert Capa found themselves stranded at an airport in the Soviet Union, they were offered copious quantities of tea. I loved the description of how much is too much.
Care for a cuppa?
‘The level of tea in our bodies had reached the thorax. And we went back to the restaurant, and drank another glass, and it bubbled out of our mouths.’
Source: John Steinbeck, A Russian Journal, with photographs by Robert Capa (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1999 (1948)), p. 187
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