Currant, rice, saffron, nutmeg (mace), date, ginger, prune, raisin, sugar, “race”

The Winter’s Tale, [4.3.36-48]. Clown. “I cannot do’t without counters. Let me see; pound of sugar, five pound of currants, rice –what will this sister of mine do with rice? But my father hath made her mistress of the feast, and she lays it on. She hath made me four and twenty nosegays for the shearers –three-man-song-men all, and very good ones, but they are most of them means and bases; but one Puritan amonst them, and he sings psalms to horn-pipes. I must have saffron to color the warden pies; mace; dates? –none, that’s out of my note; nutmegs, seven; race or two of ginger, but that I may beg; four pound of prunes, and as many of raisins o’ th’ sun.”


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