Outside food and beverage are not permitted at Park Place. As to thinking everyone is an idiot, actually the whole premise of the book is that ordinary people can wake up with good technique and some reasonable effort, which is pretty much the opposite of thinking everyone is an idiot. Not a cholera patient lies at the last gasp but I also lie at the last gasp, My face is ash-color'd, my sinews gnarl, away from me people retreat. The air was clear, the sun was shining. For it the nebula cohered to an orb, The long slow strata piled to rest it on, Vast vegetables gave it sustenance, Monstrous sauroids transported it in their mouths and deposited it with care.