Now, it happened, curiously enough, that, just as the servant was bringing the pomegranate into the back door of the palace, our friend Quicksilver had gone up the front steps, on his errand to get Proserpina away from King Pluto.
As soon as Proserpina saw the pomegranate on the golden salver, she told the servant he had better take it away again.
"If I were ever so hungry, I should never think of eating such a miserable, dry pomegranate as that."
He set down the golden salver, with the wizened pomegranate upon it, and left the room.
So she took up the pomegranate, and applied it to her nose; and, somehow or other, being in such close neighborhood to her mouth, the fruit found its way into that little red cave.
Now, although you may not have supposed it, Proserpina found it impossible to take leave of poor King Pluto without some regrets, and a good deal of compunction for not telling him about the pomegranate. She even shed a tear or two, thinking how lonely and cheerless the great palace would seem to him, with all its ugly glare of artificial light, after she herself--his one little ray of natural sunshine, whom he had stolen, to be sure, but only because he valued her so much--after she should have departed.
This would not have happened if I had only noticed the last pomegranate
seed and eaten it like the rest.
She then had recourse to the golden pomegranate
, and on opening it found that all the seeds were as many little violins which flew up in the vaulted roof and at once began playing melodiously.
When luck-bringing Hermes came, swift messenger from my father the Son of Cronos and the other Sons of Heaven, bidding me come back from Erebus that you might see me with your eyes and so cease from your anger and fearful wrath against the gods, I sprang up at once for joy; but he secretly put in my mouth sweet food, a pomegranate
seed, and forced me to taste against my will.
There flourish the olive, the fig, the date, the orange, the citron, the pomegranate
, and other fruits belonging to the voluptuous climates of the south; with grapes in abundance, that yield a generous wine.
It had a shell harder even than iron; within which were arranged, like the seeds of a pomegranate
, jewels of various colors; some transparent as crystals; others of a fine red, and others of mixed hues.
After these two noble fruits of friendship (peace in the affections, and support of the judgment), followeth the last fruit; which is like the pomegranate
, full of many kernels; I mean aid, and bearing a part, in all actions and occasions.
, fig, olive and quince orchards, and nooned an hour
His hair is brown and crisp, and his lips are red as a pomegranate
, and he has large and dreamy eyes.
, and fig trees bent beneath the weight of their golden or purple fruits.