The Wizard triumphantly placed the platter
upon the table in the dining tent and then they all sat down in camp chairs to the feast.
Thus followed by his men, one bearing the head of Peter of Colfax upon the platter
of gold, Norman of Torn passed quietly from the hall and from the castle.
He returned them all except the thimble to the younger woman, with some observation, and she immediately restored them to Maggie's pocket, while the men seated themselves, and began to attack the contents of the kettle,--a stew of meat and potatoes,--which had been taken off the fire and turned out into a yellow platter
The ice-cream was passed around with cake--gold and silver cake arranged on platters
in alternate slices; it had been made and frozen during the afternoon back of the kitchen by two black women, under the supervision of Victor.
Grace being said, -- for those people have their grace as well as we --though Queequeg told me that unlike us, who at such times look downwards to our platters
, they, on the contrary, copying the ducks, glance upwards to the great Giver of all feasts --Grace, I say, being said, the High Priest opens the banquet by the immemorial ceremony of the island; that is, dipping his consecrated and consecrating fingers into the bowl before the blessed beverage circulates.
And six wooden goblets, and six platters
of wood and two of pewter to cat and drink from withal," said the mason, impressively.
The smaller sorts of wild-fowl, of which there was abundance, were not served up in platters
, but brought in upon small wooden spits or broaches, and offered by the pages and domestics who bore them, to each guest in succession, who cut from them such a portion as he pleased.
After grace was said, and while the servants clattered in with the meat platters
, Robin stood up and said:
Then the swineherd brought them platters
of cold meat, the remains from what they had eaten the day before, and he filled the bread baskets with bread as fast as he could.
Bagnet, assisted by the younger branches (who polish their own cups and platters
, knives and forks), makes all the dinner garniture shine as brightly as before and puts it all away, first sweeping the hearth, to the end that Mr.
Food too was ready for us, and so soon as we had washed ourselves with water, which stood ready in earthenware jars, some young women of handsome appearance brought us roasted meats, and mealie cobs daintily served on wooden platters
, and presented them to us with deep obeisances.
The strangers took their seats at the table willingly enough, for they were all hungry and the platters
were now heaped with good things to eat.
A long, straggling troop bore spades and mattocks while the two rearmost of all staggered along under a huge basket o' fresh-caught carp, for the morrow was Friday, and there were fifty platters
to be filled and as many sturdy trenchermen behind them.
There were vases, and figures of men and animals, and graven platters
and bowls, and mosaics of precious gems, and many other things.
The good effect of this politic course was demonstrated by the speedy arrive of a small pewter pyramid, curously constructed of platters
and covers, whereof the boiled-beef-plates formed the base, and a foaming quart-pot the apex; the structure being resolved into its component parts afforded all things requisite and necessary for a hearty meal, to which Mr Swiveller and his friend applied themselves with great keenness and enjoyment.