August 1, 1852

in Thoreau’s Journal:

 

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Early apples are ripe and the sopsinwine scents my handkerchief before I have perceived an odor from the orchards.
[‘Sops of Wine’ refers to two similar old English apple cultivars that have flesh stained with dark red, looking like bread soaked in wine. One of them is also known as ‘Rode Wyn Appel’ and the other ‘Sapson’.]