This ancient novel is from 1853.
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A lovelier day by no means dawned upon the stately road of
majestic oaks, boasting the expansion of a century, and forming,
in their interlacing branches, for greater than 1 / 4 of a
mile, an archway to a such a lot vast stone mansion, the
homestead of a southern planter.
It used to be a vibrant spring morning, the birds have been twittering
in their leafy coverts, and the lengthy gray moss hung in sha-
dowy material from the previous oaks ; the dew used to be nonetheless glittering
upon the leaves, and the air used to be candy with the early breath
of flora ; whilst fairer than those unvoiced teenagers of spring,
a light woman entered this dim aisle of Nature's Cathedral.
Although the mornings have been nonetheless so cold as to make a
fire agreeable, there has been a window thrown open, letting in
the first candy breath of spring; and the attractive blossoms
of the hundred-leaved rose clustered round the lattice, peep-
ing into that friendly room. simply outdoors the casement there
was a small shelf, the place Alice scattered tough rice for the
red birds, who outfitted their nests within the backyard underneath, and
so tame have been her lovely visitants, that even the merry voices
within didn't startle them at their morning meal.
Mrs. Vere, in her morning costume with smartly plaited frills
and high-crowned muslin cap, sat earlier than an old having a look
silver tea-service, allotting aromatic mocha and souchong.
Well do I consider these breakfasts on the Oaks; these
tempting scorching waffles, baked within the form of the main benign
hearts; the smoking dish of snow-white hommony; the rice
Johnny brownies, and the fragile wafers, that regarded as though one
might demolish them by way of a marginally; and for substantiate, the
venison or broiled teal, the sausages, and thinly sliced hogs-
head cheese. To my boyish fancy these hearted waffles have been
something particularly exact in gastronomy.