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“For three centimes I can eat, drink, and wash my face, all by the means of one of those slices of water-melon you display there on a little table.”
Anatole France, 'The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard' (1881)
"Watermelon -- it's a good fruit. You eat, you drink, you wash your face."
"It is chief of this world's luxuries.....When one has tasted it, he knows what Angels eat. It was not a Southern watermelon that Eve took; we know it because she repented."
“The nature of watermelons is generally rather chilling and contains a great deal of moisture, yet they possess a certain purgative quality, which means that they are also diuretic and pass down through the bowels more easily than large gourds and melons. Their cleansing action you can discover for yourself; just rub them on dirty skin. Watermelons will remove the following: freckles, facial moles, or epidemic leprosy, if anyone should have these conditions.”
Galen (129-216 A.D.), Marcus Aurelius's personal physician. (‘Choice Cuts’ by Mark Kurlansky, 2002)
"The true Southern watermelon is a boon apart, and not to be mentioned with commoner things. It is chief of this world's luxuries, king by the grace of God over all the fruits of the earth. When one has tasted it, he knows what the angels eat. It was not a Southern watermelon that Eve took; we know it because she repented."
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
"Many wagon-loads of enormous water-melons were brought to market every day, and I was sure to see groups of men, women, and children seated on the pavement round the spot where they were sold, sucking in prodigious quantities of this water fruit. Their manner of devouring them is extremely unpleasant; the huge fruit is cut into half a dozen sections, of about a foot long, and then, dripping as it is with water, applied to the mouth, from either side of which pour copious streams of the fluid, while, ever and anon, a mouthful of the hard black seeds are shot out in all directions, to the great annoyance of all within reach. When I first tasted this fruit I thought it very vile stuff indeed, but before the end of the season we all learned to like it. When taken with claret and sugar it makes a delicious wine and water."
Frances Trollope (1780-1865)
‘Domestic Manners of the Americans’ (1832)
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