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Alice Pyncheon and the flowers names for her

An excerpt from Chapter 19, “Alice’s Posies,” that underscores the connection between Alice Pyncheon and the flowers names for her

One object, above all others, would take root in the imaginative observer's memory. It was the great tuft of flowers,--weeds, you would have called them, only a week ago,--the tuft of crimson-spotted flowers, in the angle between the two front gables. The old people used to give them the name of Alice's Posies, in remembrance of fair Alice Pyncheon, who was believed to have brought their seeds from Italy. They were flaunting in rich, beauty and full bloom, to-day, and seemed, as it were, a mystic expression that something within the house was consummated. (Chapter 19)


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