Poor little guy! What a disappointment!
That reminded me of another eggplant related story:
When I was a little girl, we took trips every summer to my grandparents' farm. One time, as we were pulling up the drive, I commented that Grandma was growing eggplant in her garden this year. My mom asked me how I knew that, since we couldn't see the garden yet. I said "Her sign said 'Eggs for sale!'".
Oddly enough, Grandma was growing eggplant in her garden that year.