We tried pathetic appeals to the wandering waiters, who told us "they are coming, Sir" in a soothing tone—and we tried stern remonstrance, & they then said "they are coming, Sir" in a more injured tone; & after all such appeals they retired into their dens, and hid themselves behind sideboards and dish-covers, still the chops came not. We agreed that of all virtues a waiter can display, that of a retiring disposition is quite the least desirable.
Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832–1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. "Journal of a Tour in Russia in 1867" in The Russian Journal and Other Selections from the Works of Lewis Carroll, E.P. Dutton (1935).