So Meg went away to `accept with thanks', look over her dress, and sing blithely as she did up her one real lace frill, while Jo finished her story, her four apples
, and had a game of romps with Scrabble.
The condition that had brought her to him passed in an illness, but she was like one who has discovered the sweetness of the twisted apples
, she could not get her mind fixed again upon the round perfect fruit that is eaten in the city apartments.
She had only to stand in the orchard, to put her hand on a little crab tree and look up at the apples
, to make you feel the goodness of planting and tending and harvesting at last.
In one corner stood a huge bag of wool, ready to be spun; in another, a quantity of linsey-woolsey just from the loom; ears of Indian corn, and strings of dried apples
and peaches, hung in gay festoons along the walls, mingled with the gaud of red peppers; and a door left ajar gave him a peep into the best parlor, where the claw-footed chairs and dark mahogany tables shone like mirrors; andirons, with their accompanying shovel and tongs, glistened from their covert of asparagus tops; mock- oranges and conch - shells decorated the mantelpiece; strings of various-colored birds eggs were suspended above it; a great ostrich egg was hung from the centre of the room, and a corner cupboard, knowingly left open, displayed immense treasures of old silver and well-mended china.
Merrylegs could not be resisted, so we broke off our long conversation, and got up our spirits by munching some very sweet apples
which lay scattered on the grass.
Before long there came raspberries, and then blackberries, to help him save his money; and there were apples
in the orchards and potatoes in the ground--he learned to note the places and fill his pockets after dark.
And when he was gone, she almost quarrelled with meNo, I should not say quarrelled, for we never had a quarrel in our lives; but she was quite distressed that I had owned the apples
were so nearly gone; she wished I had made him believe we had a great many left.
He promised to bring me a pocketful of apples
and pears, and then he kissed his children, said good-bye, and set off.
Hay and straw were stored in that portion of the place, fagots for firing, and a heap of apples
Heaped up on the floor, to form a kind of throne, were turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, great joints of meat, sucking-pigs, long wreaths of sausages, mince-pies, plum-puddings, barrels of oysters, red-hot chestnuts, cherry-cheeked apples
, juicy oranges, luscious pears, immense twelfth-cakes, and seething bowls of punch, that made the chamber dim with their delicious steam.
The first objects that assume a distinct presence before me, as I look far back, into the blank of my infancy, are my mother with her pretty hair and youthful shape, and Peggotty with no shape at all, and eyes so dark that they seemed to darken their whole neighbourhood in her face, and cheeks and arms so hard and red that I wondered the birds didn't peck her in preference to apples
We dined on these occasions in the kitchen, and adjourned, for the nuts and oranges and apples
, to the parlour; which was a change very like Joe's change from his working clothes to his Sunday dress.