Busch then added, “If he is so indigent, who pays you Mr. gruel?”
A great side-benefit to the gruel of writing fiction is the fleeting moments of wish fulfillment the empty page provides.
“He is not dangerous to the community,” gruel said in an interview with the Daily Beast.
late 12c., "meal or flour made of beans, lentils, etc.," from Old French gruel "fine meal," from Frankish *grut (cf. Middle Dutch grute "coarse meal, malt;" Middle High German gruz "grain"), from PIE *ghreu- "to rub, grind" (see grit). Meaning "thin porridge or soup" is late 14c.