Proserpina, Volume 2

Studies Of Wayside Flowers, While The Air Was Yet Pure

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Author: John Ruskin
Published: 1888
Language: English
Wordcount: 35,404 / 111 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.8
LoC Category: Q
Downloads: 509
Added to site: 2005.02.18
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Genre: Science
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"The violet is a plant without a stem (tige),--(see vol. i., p. 154,)--whose height does not surpass one or two decimetres. Its leaves, radical, or carried on stolons, (vol. i., p. 158,) are sharp, or oval, crenulate, or heart-shape. Its stipules are oval-acuminate, or lanceolate. Its flowers, of sweet scent, of a dark violet or a reddish blue, are carried each on a slender peduncle, which bends down at the summit. Such is, for the botanist, the Violet, of which the poets would give assuredly another description."

17. Perhaps; or even the painters! or even an ordinary unbotanical human creature! I must set about my business, at any rate, in my own way, now, as I best can, looking first at things themselves, and then putting this and that together, out of these botanical persons, which they can't put together out of themselves. And first, I go down into my kitchen garden, where the path to the lake has a border of pansies on both sides all the way down, with clusters of narcissus behi

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