When the witch saw that the children had escaped her, she was furious, and, hitting the cat with a porringer
, she said: 'Why did you let the children leave the hut?
When he had given him this information, and a tin porringer
containing his breakfast, the man locked him up again; and went clattering along the stone passage, opening and shutting a great many other doors, and raising numberless loud echoes which resounded through the building for a long time, as if they were in prison too, and unable to get out.
All this, with the quaint gorgeousness of the old china cups and saucers, and the crested spoons, and a silver cream-jug (Hepzibah's only other article of plate, and shaped like the rudest porringer
), set out a board at which the stateliest of old Colonel Pyncheon's guests need not have scorned to take his place.
Hunger rattled its dry bones among the roasting chestnuts in the turned cylinder; Hunger was shred into atomics in every farthing porringer
of husky chips of potato, fried with some reluctant drops of oil.
When the bundle was made up for, or on what occasion laid where I found it, I knew not, but when I came to open it I found there was a suit of childbed-linen in it, very good and almost new, the lace very fine; there was a silver porringer
of a pint, a small silver mug and six spoons, with some other linen, a good smock, and three silk handkerchiefs, and in the mug, wrapped up in a paper, 18s.
Of this festive composition each boy had one porringer
, and no more--except on occasions of great public rejoicing, when he had two ounces and a quarter of bread besides.
The pretty girl went upstairs, leaving Rene to finish his porringer
of buckwheat in boiled milk.
She had been very good to me, but I cannot remember that she ever petted me much; besides, she worked out in the fields like a man, poor thing; and if she fondled me at times, she also used to rap my fingers with the spoon if I ate the soup too fast out of the porringer
we had between us.
A pewter porringer
, circa 1700, bearing touchmark of Richard Dyer, London, circa 1675-1725.
The wooden objects are mostly ship fragments, (6) as well as pulleys and sheaves, cask staves, stowage wedges, and fragments of a turned-wood porringer
. An unidentified element may be part of the internal mechanism of a bilge pump.
In Dickens's representation of the last years of the anden regime, when the storm (the major extended macro-metaphor of the novel (5)) was slowly gathering in the sea of human suffering, the "Hunger" of lower-class Parisians is said to be "shred into atomies in every farthing porringer
of husky chips of potato, fried with some reluctant drops of oil" (33).
, the wife of Harry's CIA superior, offers him ample material for obsession.