Notes from an as-yet-unpublished novel

The oxen he had bathed in hot water so they would grow fat. The hides of a select few were slit and air blown through a reed between their flesh and the skin and into their entrails for the same purpose. But these latter grew sick and died and were put down as the price of an experiment without success.

By making small glasses in the shape of cherubs, and then placing these same around young pears, he produced beautiful fruit. The glasses were broken away at harvest time and he had three baskets of pears in the shape of cherubs to present to the Duke.


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