Thank you for explanation of the term "no eating".
Mum: Turn the music off. We are eating.
Son (he wants to dance, not to eat): You know as well as me, there's no eating at a Carneys Feast.
"no eating" means:
- no dos and donts, no rules, no restriction at the feast,
- Nobody should get angry (like you, Mum),
- Nobody is going to starve, get hungry
Maybe it is obvious for the native speakers, but for a foreign like me, it is always a bit difficult to find the right meaning.And I agree, this book is full of slang terms and idioms, which makes it interesting and a difficult to read as the same time.