Ladies at lunch

From the novel Raney by Clyde Edgerton.

“I guess you have less cholesterol if you don’t eat meat,” says Aunt Naomi.

“There are health advantages,” said Mrs. Shepherd. “And also our women’s group has been concentrating on how eating less meat can help curtail hunger in the third world.” 

“On another planet?” says Aunt Naomi.

“Oh, no. Developing nations,” says Mrs. Shepherd. She finished chewing and swallowed. “Developing nations."