A few months earlier, the man was shipwrecked with his wife. He rescued his wife and one of the waiters and managed to get to an uninhabited island. The survivors had no food at all, and the waiter set off to find some with the man's wife. The waiter killed her and brought the man her meat, saying that his wife fell off a cliff and he brought seagull meat. The taste of the meat in the restaurant was different than the taste of the meat on the island, and he realized that he had eaten his wife. He then committed suicide.