That office consists in mincing the horse-pieces of blubber for the pots; an operation which is conducted at a curious wooden horse, planted endwise against the bulwarks, and with a capacious tub beneath it, into which the minced
pieces drop, fast as the sheets from a rapt orator's desk.
With an alacrity beyond the common impulse of a spirit which yet was never indifferent to the credit of doing every thing well and attentively, with the real goodwill of a mind delighted with its own ideas, did she then do all the honours of the meal, and help and recommend the minced
chicken and scalloped oysters, with an urgency which she knew would be acceptable to the early hours and civil scruples of their guests.
The wife minced
a bit of meat, then crumbled some bread on a trencher, and placed it before me.
pie of the most delicate and tender mouse minced
up with bacon.
He stayed her with minced
chicken and comforted her with soft shelled crab.
Dinner was at one o'clock; and on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday it consisted of beef, roast, hashed, and minced
, and on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of mutton.
Bishopriggs set the "collops" (in the language of England, minced
meat) upon the table, lit the candles on the mantle-piece, faced about with the fire of recent toddy flaming in his nose, and waited for further orders, before he went back to his second glass.
I opened the stomachs of several, and found them largely distended with minced
sea-weed (Ulvae), which grows in thin foliaceous expansions of a bright green or a dull red colour.
My days were not days of the week, bearing the stamp of any heathen deity, nor were they minced
into hours and fretted by the ticking of a clock; for I lived like the Puri Indians, of whom it is said that "for yesterday, today, and tomorrow they have only one word, and they express the variety of meaning by pointing backward for yesterday forward for tomorrow, and overhead for the passing day.
The tale is that he who has tasted the entrails of a single human victim minced
up with the entrails of other victims is destined to become a wolf.
and perhaps Birmingham); model gondolas from Venice; model villages from Switzerland; morsels of tesselated pavement from Herculaneum and Pompeii, like petrified minced
veal; ashes out of tombs, and lava out of Vesuvius; Spanish fans, Spezzian straw hats, Moorish slippers, Tuscan hairpins, Carrara sculpture, Trastaverini scarves, Genoese velvets and filigree, Neapolitan coral, Roman cameos, Geneva jewellery, Arab lanterns, rosaries blest all round by the Pope himself, and an infinite variety of lumber.
And they must be coped with to some extent, because they all enclose documents (they call their scraps documents; but they are, as to papers deserving the name, what minced
veal is to a calf), the non-return of which would be their ruin.