To drink or not to drink?

Everyone knows the story about Queen Victoria who drank from her finger bowl not to embarrass one of her guests, who was actually drinking from his finger bowl.

A 21st-century version happened to me recently. In that “fancy” Italian restaurant, no finger bowl but one of these tablets which turn to a towel with a splash of water. As you can see from the picture, the water was brought in a few tubes, along with the tablets.

The waiter left it on the table, without any explanation. When my guest was intrigued, not having myself the royal education of Queen Victoria (and maybe that day a sarcastic sense of humor), I did not say anything…

And guess what happened?