In order to assess their suitability for adopting a Vietnamese orphan, a Miss Taylor, who had run a Saigon orphanage, stayed with the Previn family for a weekend. At breakfast on the first morning, she asked if she might have a bowl of cereal. Eager to please, Previn reached for the health-food cereal that his two small sons consumed with delight every morning and poured Miss Taylor a generous bowlful. While she ate, he held forth on the nutritional value of the cereal. Miss Taylor made no reply, however, until her bowl was empty.
“To be quite honest,” she admitted, “I’m not crazy about it.”
Previn’s glance happened to fall on the jar from which he had served Miss Taylor. “I’m not surprised,” he said slowly, “I’ve just made you eat a large dish of hamster food.”