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Wild Apples

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Language: English
Wordcount: 9,416 / 33 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 65.5
LoC Category: SB
Downloads: 2,552
mnybks.net#: 6911
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Nature, Essays
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he Choice of Paris and The Apples of the Hesperides.]

The tree is mentioned in at least three places in the Old Testament, and its fruit in two or three more. Solomon sings, "As the apple- tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons." And again, "Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples." The noblest part of man's noblest feature is named from this fruit, "the apple of the eye."

The apple-tree is also mentioned by Homer and Herodotus. Ulysses saw in the glorious garden of Alcinous "pears and pomegranates and apple-trees bearing beautiful fruit." And according to Homer, apples were among the fruits which Tantalus could not pluck, the wind ever blowing their boughs away from him. Theophrastus knew and described the apple-tree as a botanist.

According to the prose Edda, [Footnote: The stories of the early Scandinavians.] "Iduna keeps in a box the apples which the gods, when they feel old age approaching, have only to taste of to become young again. It is in this manner that the

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2011.09.10
Marie Bruemmer
****.

As a lover of Walden, I decided to read this little essay. It was quite enjoyable and I even learned a few things. I recommend it.


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