Remember how Biblo insulted the people at his birthday celebration by telling them how he felt, and why he chose exactly 144 people to attend the special family dinner? A refresher-The setting and floor show (so to speak): pg 28 There was a splendid supper for everyone; for everyone, that is, except those invited to the special family dinner party....The invitations were limited to 12 dozen (a number also called by the the hobbits One Gross, though the word was not considered proper to use of people); and the guests were selected from all the families to which Biblo and Frodo were related, with the addition of a few special unrelated friends (such as Gandalf)....The Sackville-Bagginses were not frogotten, Otho, and his wife Lobelia were present. They disliked Biblo and detested Frodo...All one hundred forty-four guests expected a pleasant feast, though the rather dreaded they after dinner speech of their host...... If they only knew pg 29-30 " I've gathered you all together for a purpose.....to tell you that I am immensely fond of you all, and that eleventy-one years is too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable hobbits." Tremondous outburst of approval. "I don't know half of you as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." This was unexpected and rather difficult. There was some scattered clapping, but most of them were trying to work it out and see if it came out to a compliment. He went on to say......"To celebrate my birthday. Cheers, again. I should say OUR birthday. For it is, of course, also the birthday of my heir and nephew, Frodo....Together we score one hundred and forty-four. Your numbers were chosen to fit this remarkable total. One Gross, if I may use the expression....." Many of his guests were insulted, feeling sure they had only been asked to fill up the required number, like goods in a package. 'One Gross inded! Vulgar expression.' I love the way Biblo told off the unsecpeting people at his birthday celebration. Granted, it wasn't directed toward everyone, because when he said, (I don't know half of you as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve) it tells you right there it wasn't. But what I like the smooth way inwhich he did it. It isn't direct and straight forward, especially when it comes down to who he is directing the insults too, but nevertheless, he got his point accross. Haven't you ever wanted to gather together friends, and not, and tell them exactly how you felt, in a round about way, or would you rather it be an 'in your face' approach to telling someone, or a group how you felt? I like the, shall I say, smooth way, inwhich he insulted them, and you know without a doubt that the Sackville-Bagginses are at the top of the list, you are just not sure as to who else is being insulted as well. Do you agree with me? Tell me what you think.