It’s seed cake! Little Harry Harris eats seed cake. Just like Jane Eyre! Did you catch it, fellow readers? Harry actually enjoys the treat a few times.
In chapter XXII Quaker Ruth brings gifts for the Harris family as they prepare to depart the settlement,
“Does thee keep up good courage, Eliza?” she added, tripping round to Eliza’s sie of the table, and shaking her warmly by the hand, and slipping a seed-cake into Harry’s hand. “I brought a little parcel of these for him,” she said, tugging at her pocket to get out the package. “Children, thee knows, will always be eating.”
In chapter XXXVII, Mrs. Smyth cares for Harry, so that they would appear more natural on their travels by boat where she will pretend to be his aunt.
…and, in order to attach him to her, he had been allowed to remain, the two last days, under her sole charge; and an extra amount of petting, jointed to an indefinite amount of seed-cakes and candy, had cemented a very close attachment on the part of the young gentleman.”
So there you have it.
Seed cake. It’s not just for boarding school orphans.