Now here are some cultural issues that may help us gain a clearer picture. The crumbs that fell underneath the table were pieces of bread used to wipe one’s hands. They did not fall there accidently. They were thrown under the table indicating both excesses of the rich man and his utter lack of compassion.
Purple cloth was a sign of royalty and those proud of their wealth. The best purple dye came from marine snails. It was a difficult process to obtain this purple dye making it rare and expensive