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  • The palate is hard at the front of the mouth, but soft towards the rear.
  • "One time I asked her to have a chew and she said no thanks, that— chewing gum cleaved to her palate and rendered her speechless," said Jem carefully.   (source)
    palate = the upper surface of the mouth
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  • It is a palate pleaser.
  • The words of the hymn were like the drops of frozen rain melting on the dry palate of the panting earth.   (source)
  • And though Dr. Grant is most kind and obliging to me, and though he is really a gentleman, and, I dare say, a good scholar and clever, and often preaches good sermons, and is very respectable, I see him to be an indolent, selfish bon vivant, who must have his palate consulted in everything; who will not stir a finger for the convenience of any one; and who, moreover, if the cook makes a blunder, is out of humour with his excellent wife.   (source)
    palate = taste for food
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  • Of course, if a sire produced cleft palates more than once, they stopped breeding him, and a red slash was drawn across the dog's folder.†   (source)
  • He had spent the past few weeks wearing his new American wardrobe of T-shirts and sweat suits, clothes that had stretched with his palate.†   (source)
  • Your palate remains unsurpassed.†   (source)
  • They were savoury and delicate to the palate, neither too sweet nor too salty.†   (source)
  • Just because I am returning to the Queen's realm does not mean I intend to subject my palate to bangers and mash for the rest of my days.†   (source)
  • They bewitch the palate.†   (source)
  • It may he your palate will be some help to Cotter Pyke when merchant galleys come trading.†   (source)
  • They shriek and wail a long, high song with quivering soft palates, like babies dying of hunger.†   (source)
  • The tantalizing odor reached our meat-starved palates.†   (source)
  • When she finished, she ran her tongue over her teeth and then made a series of short smacking sounds with her tongue against her palate as though she'd just eaten something sour.†   (source)
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  • The Emperor cleared his throat to speak, but the child spoke first — a thin voice with traces of a soft-palate lisp, but clear nonetheless.†   (source)
  • It was warm enough to unzip her jacket and think of summer and soccer camp and what it would be like when her palate expander was finally removed.†   (source)
  • It has a rancid taste that appeals to the Iranian palate and it serves as a cheap substitute for cooking oil.†   (source)
  • I jabbed my sword upward, hoping to impale the monster's upper palate.†   (source)
  • The weed dazed us until we got hungry enough to drift down the street to a pizza parlor, where we'd order two-for-one large specials and burn sheets of skin off our upper palates on the first bite.†   (source)
  • Petra Cotes interpreted it as one more of so many upsets brought on by the bad situation, and every morning for over a year she would touch his palate with a dash of honey and give him some radish syrup.†   (source)
  • Also, when he repaired the gap in her upper palate and gums, he would have to move, straighten, and make symmetrical the roots of what would become her two front teeth, something he had never done before.†   (source)
  • Paper clears the palate.†   (source)
  • Her husband couldn't stand her smell and constant wetness, and stabbed her in the throat; the knife went through her tongue and stopped at her palate.†   (source)
  • Ever since then, the faintest whiff of ginger would send him gagging to the bathroom, and his palate had never been the same.†   (source)
  • A local woman, a cook named Tsugi Kaiama, came to the rescue of the boys' palates with an inviting delicacy: juicy hamburgers.†   (source)
  • The ragged round hole over his mouth was deep and jet black and showed no sign of lip, teeth, palate or tongue.†   (source)
  • After all, I wouldn't compromise my palate by tasting the filth that runs through your veins.†   (source)
  • Even the piques of his palate, if they speak to anything.†   (source)
  • They're considered delicacies for the eyes and the palate.'†   (source)
  • Meanwhile, at Angelo's palate, wily Ercole's string has run out at last.†   (source)
  • As with his nose for wine, Nathan had an informed palate (a reaction, he said, to a childhood surfeit of soggy kreplach and gefilte fish) and he took obvious joy in making her acquainted with New York's incredible and manifold banquet.†   (source)
  • He cleared his palate with black coffee and then munched delicately on the whisky while his eye swept my abode.†   (source)
  • Their mouths can't shape 'b,' 'm,' 'p,' or 'v' and you have to get used to their equivalents — something like the handicap of a split palate but with different letters.†   (source)
  • He heard his father draw a deep breath and lock it against his palate, then let it out harshly against the bones of his nose in a long snort of annoyance.†   (source)
  • But in a period of abundance any half-wit with a spoon can please a palate.†   (source)
  • Edgar had a mirthless inner grin that floated somewhere back near her palate.†   (source)
  • They're considered delicacies for both the eye and the palate.'†   (source)
  • I got the chairman in his soft palate before he could belch.†   (source)
  • I spent the other half doing what I really wanted to, which was to fly around the world—to Central America, to sub-Saharan Africa, to South Asia, and to the Far East—and work on children, repairing cleft lips and palates, removing facial tumors, repairing injuries to their faces.†   (source)
  • If, for an extreme example, cleft palates showed up in every litter—meaning pups that had to be put down—you knew that the sire carried a propensity toward cleft palate.†   (source)
  • It was the first time she'd eaten ice cream and Mariam had never imagined that such tricks could be played on a palate.†   (source)
  • Or they'd catch themselves listening to her half-lisping voice, still blurred as it was by an unformed soft palate, and discover in her words sly remarks that could only be based on experiences no two-year-old had ever encountered.†   (source)
  • Now the bitterness of quinine and sweetness of kissing are two tastes perfectly linked on my soft palate.†   (source)
  • He has a cleft lip and palate.†   (source)
  • A year later, he had an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine concerning cleft palates.†   (source)
  • He did not feel well and a salty paste was beginning to collect on his palate when he noticed that the army had set up machinegun emplacements around the small square and that the wired city of the banana company was protected by artillery pieces.†   (source)
  • When Mitt finally dissolved the outside and got to the soft center he'd mumble, "Oooh baby" to me and Lelia, and we'd 000h baby back, and then he'd mash it between his tongue and palate and stretch his messy mouth open and show us the sweet whipped guts.†   (source)
  • His friends marveled at the rigidity of his self-control, but what he didn't tell them was that it had more to do with his limited palate than discipline.†   (source)
  • Most vampires find animal blood less than enjoyable to the palate and not helpful in the least when it comes to nutrients.†   (source)
  • Slowly, ever so slowly, the fissure in the girl's gums and palate fused into a seamless whole, the two sides of her cat lip pulled together—her skin flowing like liquid—and her upper lip gradually formed a pink bow free of flaws.†   (source)
  • Colonel Aureliano Buendia released a sonorous belch which brought back the acidity of the soup to his palate and which was like a command from his organism to throw his blanket over his shoulders and go to the toilet.†   (source)
  • The children she saw had all kinds of articulation problems, some because of physiological defects like cleft palates or tied tongues.†   (source)
  • On rainy afternoons, embroidering with a group of friends on the begonia porch, she would lose the thread of the conversation and a tear of nostalgia would salt her palate when she saw the strips of damp earth and the piles of mud that the earthworms had pushed up in the garden.†   (source)
  • You see her hand-drawn illustrations of the human mouth, the tongue, the upper and lower palates, the uvula.†   (source)
  • Adam leaned back in his chair, and very soon he went to sleep and his mouth dropped open and he snored across his palate.†   (source)
  • Jack did the nursing and Rod hunted each day, trying to find items young and tender and suited to an invalid's palate.†   (source)
  • Another vine had large grape-like fruits, deliciously tempting and pleasant to the palate; Rod had learned the hard way that they were a powerful purgative.†   (source)
  • How vividly there still lingers on my palate the suety aftertaste of the Salisbury steak at Bickford's, or Riker's western omelette, in which one night, nearly swooning, I found a greenish, almost incorporeal feather and a tiny embryonic beak.†   (source)
  • But his palate was gone, both for smell and taste, and he had a headache.†   (source)
  • It is superb, your Eminence, but I fear I have lost my palate for vintages.†   (source)
  • "Ach," exclaimed his father, "it isn't his stomach, Joe, it's his palate-jaded with delicacies."†   (source)
  • Keating flopped down in an armchair, leaned back and clicked his tongue against his palate.†   (source)
  • He tried to swallow but he couldn't because he had no palate and there weren't any muscles left to swallow with.†   (source)
  • There are some things which happen to us which the intelligence and the senses refuse just as the stomach sometimes refuses what the palate has accepted but which digestion cannot compass—occurrences which stop us dead as though by some impalpable intervention, like a sheet of glass through which we watch all subsequent events transpire as though in a soundless vacuum, and fade, vanish; are gone, leaving us immobile, impotent, helpless; fixed, until we can die.†   (source)
  • It needs a lot of learning to see things with a saint's eye: a saint gets a subtle taste for beauty and can look down on poor ignorant palates like theirs.†   (source)
  • But what do quantities matter, provided we can use a human belly and palate to produce querulousness, impatience, uncharitableness, and self-concern?†   (source)
  • It was a matter of palate.†   (source)
  • These delicious mouthfuls of roast duck, fitly piled with vegetables, following each other in exquisite rotation of warmth, weight, sweet and bitter, past my palate, down my gullet, into my stomach, have stabilized my body.†   (source)
  • We warmed the glass slightly at a candle, filled it a third high, swirled the wine round, nursed it in our hands, held it to the light, breathed it, sipped it, filled our mouths with it, and rolled it over the tongue, ringing it on the palate like a coin on a counter, tilted our heads back and let it trickle down the throat.†   (source)
  • But the town did not believe that the ladies had forgot those previous mysterious trips, with Memphis as their destination and for that purpose regarding which all had the same conviction, though none ever put it into words, spoke it aloud, since the town believed that good women don't forget things easily, good or bad, lest the taste and savor of forgiveness die from the palate of conscience.†   (source)
  • But then delicious pickles appeared, which caused a Japanese palate to cry out for rice, and he decided to have a bowl after all.†   (source)
  • The brandy returned on his palate like the smell of ether that reminds a man of a recent operation before he's used to life: it tied him to another state of being.†   (source)
  • Instinctively my palate now requires and anticipates sweetness and lightness, something sugared and evanescent; and cool wine, fitting glove-like over those finer nerves that seem to tremble from the roof of my mouth and make it spread (as I drink) into a domed cavern, green with vine leaves, musk-scented, purple with grapes.†   (source)
  • If a man has no nose and no mouth and no palate and no tongue why it stands to reason he might be shy a few other parts as well.†   (source)
  • If it had been wet sand, even, it would have had those little wave marks, like the palate of your mouth.†   (source)
  • …that she will never tip them because they know as well as the white folks that she will never have anything to tip them with but goes into the kitchen and dispossesses the cook and seasons the very food you are going to eat to suit her own palate; —it's not this, not this that she is depending on to keep body and soul together: it is as though she were living on the actual blood itself like a vampire, not with insatiability, certainly not with voracity, but with that serene and idle…†   (source)
  • Doña Isabella once remarked that her husband always gave Father Vaillant something good for the palate, and Father Latour something good for the eye.†   (source)
  • In the dining halls the older gentlemen, who had spoiled their palates with drinking, were relishing those strange delicacies of the Middle Ages—the strong flavours of whale and porpoise.†   (source)
  • He remembered the little man rising bitterly and hopelessly from his chair that blinding afternoon to follow the child out of town; he remembered a green watering-can, the photo of the children, that cast he was making out of sand for a split palate.†   (source)
  • …point where his carcass quit being a baby and became a boy, new again when he quit being a boy and became a man, between a woman whom he had thought was feeding and washing and putting him to bed and finding him in the extra ticklings for his palate and his pleasure because he was himself, until he got big enough to find out that it wasn't him at all she was washing and feeding the candy and the fun to but it was a man that hadn't even arrived yet, whom even she had never seen yet, who…†   (source)
  • …up from playing and held, gripped between the two hands fierce with (what passed at least with him for it) love, against the two fierce rigid knees, the face that he remembered since before remembering began as supervising all the animal joys of palate and stomach and entrails, of warmth and pleasure and security, swooping down at him in a kind of blazing immobility: he taking the interruption as a matter of course, as just another natural phenomenon of existence; the face filled with…†   (source)
  • …when I was to enter, had waited there during that entire twelve miles behind that walking mule and watched me draw nearer and nearer and enter the door at last as it had known (ay, perhaps decreed, since there is that justice whose Moloch's palate-paunch makes no distinction between gristle bone and tender flesh) that I should—the face stopping me dead (not my body: it still advanced, ran on: but I, myself, that deep existence which we lead, to which the movement of limbs is but a…†   (source)
  • Stephen, his tongue cleaving to his palate, bowed his head, praying with his heart.†   (source)
  • He took a mouthful, drew it up, saturated his palate with it and then spat it forth into the grate.†   (source)
  • But what of that, so long as it tickles the palate more strongly?†   (source)
  • They were eating borsch, the rich, red soup with sour cream so dear to Russian palates.†   (source)
  • He said it was a feast for the eye as well as the palate.†   (source)
  • You have crushed the grapes against your palate.†   (source)
  • Hm…. yes…. very poor people and all with cleft palates…. yes.†   (source)
  • "I could have pledged him with all my soul," said Athelstane, "for my tongue cleaves to my palate."†   (source)
  • Because your palate his not yet been attuned to the sublimity of the substances it flavors.†   (source)
  • It was not, after all, opportunity but imagination that he lacked: he had a mental palate which would never learn to distinguish between railway tea and nectar.†   (source)
  • Tst!" was the only sound he made at first, a sucking sound of the tongue and palate—most weak and inadequate, it seemed to Clyde.†   (source)
  • No sooner had the warm liquid, and the crumbs with it, touched my palate than a shudder ran through my whole body, and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary changes that were taking place.†   (source)
  • The character marked by such qualities has to an unvitiated taste an untampered-with flavor like that of berries, while the man thoroughly civilized, even in a fair specimen of the breed, has to the same moral palate a questionable smack as of a compounded wine.†   (source)
  • Jelinek kept rye bread on hand and smoked fish and strong imported cheeses to please the foreign palate.†   (source)
  • But he did not relish the hash for the mention of Clongowes had coated his palate with a scum of disgust.†   (source)
  • …at once 'containers' whose transparent sides were like solidified water and 'contents' plunged into a still larger container of liquid, flowing crystal, suggested an image of coolness more delicious and more provoking than the same water in the same jars would have done, standing upon a table laid for dinner, by shewing it as perpetually in flight between the impalpable water, in which my hands could not arrest it, and the insoluble glass, in which my palate could not enjoy it.†   (source)
  • …numbering on this spot which they had chosen for their games among the grass, standing singly, in couples, in whole companies, yellow as the yolk of eggs, and glowing with an added lustre, I felt, because, being powerless to consummate with my palate the pleasure which the sight of them never failed to give me, I would let it accumulate as my eyes ranged over their gilded expanse, until it had acquired the strength to create in my mind a fresh example of absolute, unproductive beauty;…†   (source)
  • Must we have a good understanding with one another's palates? as foolish people who have lived long together, know when each wants salt or sugar.†   (source)
  • His mental palate, indeed, was rather pagan, and found a savouriness in a quotation from Sophocles or Theocritus that was quite absent from any text in Isaiah or Amos.†   (source)
  • All the same," resumed he, after having clicked his tongue against his palate, "they are brave fellows!†   (source)
  • Three drinks seemed to be sacred to the company—port, sherry, and rum; outside which old-established trinity few or no palates ranged.†   (source)
  • As often as Mr Blandois clinked glasses (which was at every replenishment), Mr Flintwinch stolidly did his part of the clinking, and would have stolidly done his companion's part of the wine as well as his own: being, except in the article of palate, a mere cask.†   (source)
  • …Neapolis, as charming then as now; and then, as now, he would have seen the matchless shore, the smoking cone, the sky and waves so softly, deeply blue, Ischia here and Capri yonder; from one to the other and back again, through the purpled air, his gaze would have sported; at last—for the eyes do weary of the beautiful as the palate with sweets—at last it would have dropped upon a spectacle which the modern tourist cannot see—half the reserve navy of Rome astir or at anchor below him.†   (source)
  • There were flavours on his palate that had lingered there not less than sixty or seventy years, and were still apparently as fresh as that of the mutton chop which he had just devoured for his breakfast.†   (source)
  • Solomon's Proverbs, I think, have omitted to say, that as the sore palate findeth grit, so an uneasy consciousness heareth innuendoes.†   (source)
  • Not but that the puff was very nice, for Maggie's palate was not at all obtuse, but she would have gone without it many times over, sooner than Tom should call her greedy and be cross with her.†   (source)
  • Thy scent will be to bliss invited; Thy palate then with taste delighted, Thy nerves of touch ecstatic glow!†   (source)
  • At the very moment that the squatter and his sons departed in the manner mentioned in the preceding chapter, two men were intently occupied in a swale that lay along the borders of a little run, just out of cannon-shot from the encampment, discussing the merits of a savoury bison's hump, that had been prepared for their palates with the utmost attention to the particular merits of that description of food.†   (source)
  • I have been thrilled to think that I owed a mental perception to the commonly gross sense of taste, that I have been inspired through the palate, that some berries which I had eaten on a hillside had fed my genius.†   (source)
  • Stubb was a high liver; he was somewhat intemperately fond of the whale as a flavorish thing to his palate.†   (source)
  • In his natural system, though high-wrought and delicately refined, a sensibility to the delights of the palate was probably inherent.†   (source)
  • "Sexto and last," Conseil said, "the plectognaths, whose maxillary bone is firmly attached to the side of the intermaxillary that forms the jaw, and whose palate arch is locked to the skull by sutures that render the jaw immovable, an order lacking true pelvic fins and which consists of two families.†   (source)
  • …you had come into a world which appeared to offer a variety of sources of interest; it was here that your grandmother lived, in venerable solitude, and dispensed a hospitality which commended itself alike to the infant imagination and the infant palate; it was here that you took your first walks abroad, following the nursery-maid with unequal step and sniffing up the strange odour of the ailantus-trees which at that time formed the principal umbrage of the Square, and diffused an aroma…†   (source)
  • The world is filled with the proverbs[663] and acts and winkings of a base prudence, which is a devotion to matter, as if we possessed no other faculties than the palate, the nose, the touch, the eye and ear; a prudence which adores the Rule of Three, which never subscribes, which gives never, which seldom lends, and asks but one question of any project,—Will it bake bread?†   (source)
  • …as usual, at his place of observation before the door, his eyes glancing listlessly from a piece of closely shaven grass—on which some fowls were industriously, though fruitlessly, endeavoring to turn up some grain or insect suited to their palate—to the deserted road, which led away to the north and south, when he was aroused by the shrill voice of his wife, and grumbling to himself as he went, he mounted to her chamber, first taking care, however, to set the entrance door wide open,…†   (source)
  • She has a room at the Kapernaumovs' the tailors, she lodges with them; Kapernaumov is a lame man with a cleft palate and all of his numerous family have cleft palates too.†   (source)
  • He also drank half a glass of this sparingly served wine, and found it to be nothing but that horrible Montreuil—the terror of all expert palates.†   (source)
  • She consented that the village maiden should manufacture yeast, both liquid and in cakes; and should brew a certain kind of beer, nectareous to the palate, and of rare stomachic virtues; and, moreover, should bake and exhibit for sale some little spice-cakes, which whosoever tasted would longingly desire to taste again.†   (source)
  • The temptations of beauty are much dwelt upon, but I fancy they only bear the same relation to those of ugliness, as the temptation to excess at a feast, where the delights are varied for eye and ear as well as palate, bears to the temptations that assail the desperation of hunger.†   (source)
  • If you expressed a preference for cheese-parings, Mr. Glegg would remember to save them for you, with a good-natured delight in gratifying your palate, and he was given to pet all animals which required no appreciable keep.†   (source)
  • They spent much of their abundant leisure on the margin of Maule's well, which was haunted by a kind of snail, evidently a titbit to their palates; and the brackish water itself, however nauseous to the rest of the world, was so greatly esteemed by these fowls, that they might be seen tasting, turning up their heads, and smacking their bills, with precisely the air of wine-bibbers round a probationary cask.†   (source)
  • He was enchanted by her approbation of his taste, confessed it to be neat and simple, thought it right to encourage the manufacture of his country; and for his part, to his uncritical palate, the tea was as well flavoured from the clay of Staffordshire, as from that of Dresden or Save.†   (source)
  • She put down the knife she was using to cut Auggie's grapes in half (still a choking hazard for him because of the size of his palate).†   (source)
  • The taste was fully up to the promise, and I closed my eyes in bliss, letting the wine fumes tickle the back of my palate before reluctantly allowing each sip of nectar to trickle down my throat.†   (source)
  • Glowing wine on his palate lingered swallowed.†   (source)
  • THE LOITERERS: (Guffaw with cleft palates) O jays!†   (source)
  • 12 You Hottentot with clicking palate! you woolly-hair'd hordes!†   (source)
  • The little light fades the immense and diaphanous shadows, The air tastes good to my palate.†   (source)
  • Sips of his wine soothed his palate.†   (source)
  • Most of all he liked grilled mutton kidneys which gave to his palate a fine tang of faintly scented urine.†   (source)
  • …attitudes, all the shapeliness, all the belongings of my or your body or of any one's body, male or female, The lung-sponges, the stomach-sac, the bowels sweet and clean, The brain in its folds inside the skull-frame, Sympathies, heart-valves, palate-valves, sexuality, maternity, Womanhood, and all that is a woman, and the man that comes from woman, The womb, the teats, nipples, breast-milk, tears, laughter, weeping, love-looks, love-perturbations and risings, The voice, articulation,…†   (source)
  • If there is any truth in that suggestion, I must be allowed to say 'tis because there is not the same taste and relish in the reading, and indeed it is to true that the difference lies not in the real worth of the subject so much as in the gust and palate of the reader.†   (source)
  • Alas, their love may be called appetite,— No motion of the liver, but the palate,— That suffer surfeit, cloyment, and revolt; But mine is all as hungry as the sea, And can digest as much: make no compare Between that love a woman can bear me And that I owe Olivia.†   (source)
  • Why sweat they under burdens? let their beds Be made as soft as yours, and let their palates Be season'd with such viands?†   (source)
  • Let husbands know Their wives have sense like them: they see and smell And have their palates both for sweet and sour, As husbands have.†   (source)
  • To say truth, the parson submitted to please his palate at the squire's table, at the expense of suffering now and then this violence to his ears.†   (source)
  • Tart of palate? quick of ear?†   (source)
  • Ubiquity Of Apparition For the Cause of Sense, an ubiquity of Species; that is, of the Shews or Apparitions of objects; which when they be Apparitions to the Eye, is Sight; when to the Eare, Hearing; to the Palate, Tast; to the Nostrill, Smelling; and to the rest of the Body, Feeling.†   (source)
  • 'tis paltry to be Caesar; Not being Fortune, he's but Fortune's knave, A minister of her will: and it is great To do that thing that ends all other deeds; Which shackles accidents and bolts up change; Which sleeps, and never palates more the dug, The beggar's nurse and Caesar's.†   (source)
  • Eve, now I see thou art exact of taste, And elegant, of sapience no small part; Since to each meaning savour we apply, And palate call judicious; I the praise Yield thee, so well this day thou hast purveyed.†   (source)
  • This is the story I promised to tell you, and if I have been tedious in telling it, I will not be slow to serve you; my hut is close by, and I have fresh milk and dainty cheese there, as well as a variety of toothsome fruit, no less pleasing to the eye than to the palate.†   (source)
  • Vouch with me, heaven, I therefore beg it not To please the palate of my appetite; Nor to comply with heat,—the young affects In me defunct,—and proper satisfaction; But to be free and bounteous to her mind: And heaven defend your good souls, that you think I will your serious and great business scant For she is with me: no, when light-wing'd toys Of feather'd Cupid seel with wanton dullness My speculative and offic'd instruments, That my disports corrupt and taint my business, Let…†   (source)
  • They were, moreover, in the present case, embittered with certain circumstances, which being mixed with sweeter ingredients, tended altogether to compose a draught that might be termed bitter-sweet; than which, as nothing can be more disagreeable to the palate, so nothing, in the metaphorical sense, can be so injurious to the mind.†   (source)
  • Now, luck yet sends us, and a little wit Will serve to make our play hit; (According to the palates of the season) Here is rhime, not empty of reason.†   (source)
  • …Pansa, consuls, at thy heel Did famine follow; whom thou fought'st against, Though daintily brought up, with patience more Than savages could suffer: thou didst drink The stale of horses, and the gilded puddle Which beasts would cough at: thy palate then did deign The roughest berry on the rudest hedge; Yea, like the stag when snow the pasture sheets, The barks of trees thou browsed'st; on the Alps It is reported thou didst eat strange flesh, Which some did die to look on: and all…†   (source)
  • Men who pay for what they eat will insist on gratifying their palates, however nice and whimsical these may prove; and if everything is not agreeable to their taste, will challenge a right to censure, to abuse, and to d—n their dinner without controul.†   (source)
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