The soup would be sent round in a most spiritless manner, wine drank without any smiles or agreeable trifling, and the venison cut up without supplying one pleasant anecdote of any former haunch, or a single entertaining story, about "my friend such a one."
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When I entered the cabin Mike was frying a panful of venison steak, while Ootek looked on.
Farley Mowat -- Never Cry Wolf
I had a lovely dinner of venison steak with a leaf salad and a bowl of delicately spiced tomato soup.