"You will notice they are all attached to the plants by the soles of their feet, and when they are quite ripe they are easily separated from the stems and at once attain the powers of motion and speech.
When she becomes fully ripe I must abandon the sovereignty of the Mangaboos to her."
"I'm eating the last loaf that's ripe
. There; I've put aside your share, Unc.
"I hope your lunch-box was perfectly ripe," observed the yellow hen, in a anxious tone.
"Oh, I'm sure it was ripe," declared Dorothy, "all, that is, 'cept the pickle, and a pickle just HAS to be green, Billina.
'Shake me, shake me, I pray; my apples, one and all, are ripe
,' it cried.
She bent in her saddle, plucked a stalk of the ripe
grain, and nibbled it between her teeth.
'One night I dreamt that the fruit was perfectly ripe; I ate some of it, and it was more delicious than anything I had ever tasted in real life.
'Grieved as I was over the theft, I did not punish the gardener, of whose fidelity I was well assured, but I determined to pluck off all the fruit in the following year before it was ripe, as I had not much belief in the magician's warning.
When she was dying she bade me take the fruit, which you have no right to possess, from the trees every year as soon as it was ripe. This I would have done to-night too, if you had not seized me with such force, and so broken the spell I was under.'
As soon as the head-gardener saw the Prince going towards the palace he ran to the trees, and when he saw them laden with ripe fruit he hastened to tell the King the joyful news.
Natures that have much heat, and great and violent desires and perturbations, are not ripe
for action, till they have passed the meridian of their years; as it was with Julius Caesar and Septimius Severus.