This cartoon depicts an alleged event in the late 18th century, in which the meal of a French nobleman verbally warned its soon-to-be consumer that it had in fact been poisoned by disgruntled serfs, intent on doing away with their master. The story illustrates a retrospective attempt by survivors of the French Revolution and the Terror to create a clear set of events that foretold the troubles they would soon face. It would likely have been easier if these noblemen had looked out the windows of their giant houses and seen the numerous poverty-stricken lepers who were slowly chewing through their ivy-covered gates, intent on destroying everything these noblemen cared about.