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Mouthful of ashes? taste of ashes?

Posted by Bob on August 20, 2000

In Reply to: Dining on ashes posted by Bruce Kahl on August 18, 2000

: : What does "dining on ashes" mean?

: The only reference I could find was to a Star Trek movie, the Undiscovered Country. There is a one minute long musical sequence entitled "Dining on Ashes" and there is an exchange between Spock, Kirk and Chekhov concerning what might happen to them if they cross paths with a just discovered Romulan vessel:

: Chekov: "But if he's cloaked..."

: Kirk: "Then all we have is a neutron radiation surge, and by the time we're close enough to record it, we're ashes."

: Kirk: "Dining on ashes. You all right?"

: Spock: "It was an arrogant presumption on my part that got us into this
: situation. You and the doctor might have been killed."

: Kirk: "The night is young."

Isn't there some biblical quote about a taste of ashes? Any bible scholars out there?