How would you explain this sentence?
Tomorrow begins a real job, for pay. Pearl diving, Bull’s Eye calls it. Washing dishes in the mess hall. Father arranged it to cover board over the summer. But this afternoon, nothing yet to do in the empty barracks but take out every pair of pants from the foot locker and fold it up again. Or sit on the bed with The Odyssey. Until the head of Bull’s Eye appears around the door. All ears and smile, the half-bit haircut. “Heya bookworm. Too busy lollygagging, then?”
“Too busy for what?” The book claps shut.
“Noodle juice and cookies with Mrs. Hoover. Whatcha think, for what? An ankle excursion.”
How would you explain this sentence: Noodle juice and cookies with Mrs. Hoover?
Why did he say this to the other boy?