She learned from a purple filbert
that the court was not in its usual good temper at present, the cause being the tantalising heart of the Duke of Christmas Daisies.
There were pears and apples, clustered high in blooming pyramids; there were bunches of grapes, made, in the shopkeepers' benevolence to dangle from conspicuous hooks, that people's mouths might water gratis as they passed; there were piles of filberts
, mossy and brown, recalling, in their fragrance, ancient walks among the woods, and pleasant shufflings ankle deep through withered leaves; there were Norfolk Biffins, squab and swarthy, setting off the yellow of the oranges and lemons, and, in the great compactness of their juicy persons, urgently entreating and beseeching to be carried home in paper bags and eaten after dinner.
The family party (of four only) were seated round the table in the dark wainscoted parlour, with the Sunday dessert before them, of fresh filberts
, apples, and pears, duly ornamented with leaves by Nancy's own hand before the bells had rung for church.
Sancho ate without requiring to be pressed, and in the dark bolted mouthfuls like the knots on a tether, and said he, "You are a proper trusty squire, one of the right sort, sumptuous and grand, as this banquet shows, which, if it has not come here by magic art, at any rate has the look of it; not like me, unlucky beggar, that have nothing more in my alforjas than a scrap of cheese, so hard that one might brain a giant with it, and, to keep it company, a few dozen carobs and as many more filberts
and walnuts; thanks to the austerity of my master, and the idea he has and the rule he follows, that knights-errant must not live or sustain themselves on anything except dried fruits and the herbs of the field.
Planchet dismounted and went straight up to Lubin, who did not at all remember him, and the two lackeys began to chat with the best understanding possible; while D'Artagnan turned the two horses into a lane, went round the house, and came back to watch the conference from behind a hedge of filberts
There were the tall hollyhocks beginning to flower and dazzle the eye with their pink, white, and yellow; there were the syringas and Guelder roses, all large and disorderly for want of trimming; there were leafy walls of scarlet beans and late peas; there was a row of bushy filberts
in one direction, and in another a huge apple-tree making a barren circle under its low-spreading boughs.
A BOY put his hand into a pitcher full of filberts
But once Leicester manager Taylor heard of Jones's availability, he moved swiftly in a bid to tempt the 20-year-old to Filbert
Street - gazumping Souness by pounds 500,000 - and with Sunderland and Derby also interested.
The Foxes' star midfielder admitted to being "desperately disappointed" when O'Neill decided to leave Filbert
Street and join the Glasgow giants.
But it emerged last night that the 48-hour delay in O'Neill's appointment as John Barnes' successor was down to the Filbert
Street board, who have made life difficult for the manager in the past two days.
With a shortage of strikers at Filbert
Street meaning O'Neill frequently has to ask central defender Matt Elliott to play up front, O'Neill makes no secret of his need for reinforcements.
The Los Angeles Police Department presented a check for $13,772 Wednesday to the widow of slain police Officer Filbert
Cuesta - money fellow officers raised by staging a celebrity billiards tournament.