Only the first course

π’ͺπ“ƒπ“π“Ž 𝓉𝒽𝑒 π’»π’Ύπ“‡π“ˆπ“‰ π’Έπ‘œπ“Šπ“‡π“ˆπ‘’ means that something has only begun and that there is much more interesting, or important, to come. The saying is similar to the other popular one β€œThat’s only for starters” which is also used today.

An early example of the use of this phrase might be the entertainment laid on by Cleopatra for her favourite Mark Antony, which she declared would cost a fortune. Everything appeared to be costly and magnificent at their feast, yet there was nothing which could cost that much. As Mark Antony began to joke and point this out, Cleopatra commanded him to be patient: β€œWhat you see”, she said, β€œis only the first course”.

As she gave a signal, two richly dressed boys brought her a magnificent vase studded with diamonds, which contained a strong vinegar. Cleopatra immediately took off one of her magnificent Pearl earrings and threw it into the vase, and watched with delight at the apparent gradual melting of the precious jewel. After which, gracefully drinking the health of Mark Antony, she swallowed the costly draught. The value of each earrings was recorded as being worth the equivalent of Β£52000 each.

P.S: is there anything more to see? Oh well to begin with where is the first course yet.

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