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iii. The third stage

Maturity of expectation, as the theorist quaintly terms it, is that which is acquired by pulpy fruits which, though sufficiently ripe to drop off the tree, are even then hard and sour. This is the case with several kinds both of apples and pears, not to mention other fruits, which always improve after keeping in the confectionery — but with regard to the medlar and the quince, this maturity of expectation is absolutely necessary.

Enquire within upon everything, 113th edition

Might be good to know which apples and pears, but a useful tip about quinces nonetheless.

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