1. Why is Qwilleran upset about his diet?
Qwilleran is upset about the diet his doctor has recommended because it takes so much out of what he can eat. This is especially disconcerting considering that Qwilleran is a cuisine writer for the Daily Fluxion newspaper, and thus, in order to work, must eat all sorts of dishes, many of which are now off limits due to his diet.
2. Why does Qwilleran continue to cringe inwardly?
Qwilleran cringes inwardly for several reasons. The first of these reasons is because he loathesx cottage cheese and forces himself to eat it. Secondly, Riker has been goading Qwill gently throughout lunch, and Qwill has allowed this since Riker is an old friend. Thirdly, there has been a summons from the managing editor, which usually means bad news.
3. What new job does the managing editor assign Qwilleran?
Qwilleran is assigned by the managing editor to do a gourmet feature column for the Fluxion. Qwill can eat at all the most expensive restaurants and the newspaper will pick up the tab; a bill for two. Under any other circumstances, this would come as a welcome idea for Qwill, but as he has recently adopted a new low calorie diet, it is not the most welcome surprise.
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