One character is eager to sit down and enjoy a delicious meal.
Another is annoyed because they're not sitting in the place of honour next to the host at the head of the table.
One character is judging the quality of the china and crystal.
Another is focused only on the artwork on the walls.
One character is allergic to the flowers in the arrangement and is worried they'll sneeze throughout the meal.
One has never been to a dinner like this before and is afraid of embarrassing themselves by using the wrong fork.
I try to remember that every character sees the same scene through their own eyes and through the maze of their own prejudices and priorities.
Every experience is unique.