Well-behaved Greenery

11 Jul

espalier – v.   to train a shrub or tree to grow in a certain way, usually flat against a wall

Classical Usage:  In Part Three Chapter IX the priest tries to comfort a mourning Charles. It doesn’t work well.  Bovary had stode away from him and was pacing up and down beside the wall of espaliered fruit trees, grinding his teeth and looking cureses at heaven: but not even a leaf stirred in answer.

Classically Mad Usage:  Our landscaping could use a bit of espaliering, although from this passage I have learned that I shouldn’t expect the shrubs to help out with my theological queries.

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Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Madame Bovary


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