I was unsure how to title this thread, and I don't know if this is the right subforum or not. Please move it if it's wrong. So, my book opens with a scene where a bunch of characters are around a table, and I need to provide, throughout the scene, at least a cursory physical description and background for four or five of them. However, I also need to incorporate a single conversation between all of them so that it flows, and describing them elsewhere wouldn't work because they're all massacred immediately afterwards. My question is this: would it be acceptable to simply blow through each character and describe them with a paragraph or so? I recently read a very good book that did this, but my first instinct is that that would be too much and too boring. Or am I just a product of our modern age of convenience and prepackaging with no stomach for lengthy description? I know it's not as cut and dried as I'm making it seem; I just need some advice.