I am new here, so any help would be appreciated! I am writing a historic novel set in Trinidad just prior to the War of 1812. In the scene I am struggling with, a young lady is having a dinner at her not very well off sugar plantation. They have invited much more successful sugar planters to the dinner and most only accept because a baronet directly from London will be in attendance. (Too detailed to explain why he is there) I do not know what to do with my characters in this scene. It seems SO slow and hard to write. I have toyed with throwing it out completely, but I keep coming back to why I need it. There's been a big build up toward this scene and this is where I have the opportunity to reveal the attitudes of the successful planters toward the fallen gentry family. Has anyone here written this sort of scene? What keeps the plot moving? How do I keep it from stagnating and becoming a real drag to read and to write? If I am not making myself clear enough, I am happy to explain further, I'm just trying to keep the question short as possible.