Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: II BACON AND GREENS TT is morningclear, cold, sparklingan autumn morning. Come with me into the garden. The frost lies heavy on the palings, and tips with silver the tops of the butter-bean poles, where the sere and yellow pods are chattering in the chilly breeze. On yonder fence hangs many a gourd, once green, but scabby now and nearly ripe. Across the walk, in that broad bed, "severial" paunchy "punkins" lie, half-awakened by the distant rooster's call. The lily and the rose, the tulip and the violet, the sunflower and the hollyhock are dead. Beautiful, but feeble, they have perished early; and the humming-birds and the bumblebees and the Juney-bugs, which knew them once, shall know them no more forever. One flower alone survivesa sturdy flower, that scorns Jack Frosta remarkable flower, for it is at once a flower and a fruit, and it is all flower, and is its own bush and its own leaves. Let us reverently draw nigh unto it. Gods! what a bud! And see, alas! how its gigantic petals have been pecked by the turkeys! May we not venture to touch the mighty bud! Heavens! 'tis not a bud'tis a head! Finer head Fowler the phrenologist never felt. How crisp and cool, how firm, and fullas it were of brains this head is! And what a peculiar whitey-greenish color, and what a still more peculiar sort of culinary odor! Surely we have smelt it before. Yes; this is the cabbage, sacred to tailors and to the Virginia dinner-table. Here the vegetable portion of our subject ends, and we approach that strange variety of mankind which is compounded of bacon on the one hand, and cabbage or greens on the other hand. In the wildest flight of imagination, who would ever have supposed that the savage boar of the German forests and the ugly potherb of the sea-cliffs of England would come togeth...
|Title:||The Old Virginia Gentleman||Publisher:||BiblioBazaar|
|Author:||Thomas Nelson Page, George W Bagby|
|No. of Pages:||344|
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