from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The pansy: an abbreviation of kiss-behind-the-garden-gate, or some other of its similar names.


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  • Now at this moment, the captain knocked at the garden-gate, and

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then Ibrahim fared forward and found all as it had been described by the Gobbo: he also saw the garden-gate open, and in the porch a couch of ivory, whereon sat a hump backed man of pleasant presence, clad in gold-laced clothes and hending in hand a silvern mace plated with gold.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then they opened the garden-gate and cried out, and the folk came to them from all places, saying “What aileth you?”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • He showed them the garden-gate again, and locked and barred it.

    The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices

  • It was said to help him, as he stood irresolute, but evidently desiring to enter, with his diffident hand on the latch of the garden-gate.

    Mugby Junction

  • Dumay to the carriage stationed at the garden-gate, and said to

    Modeste Mignon

  • And again, as on the previous day, they all turned at the garden-gate, and kissed their hands — evidently to the face on the window-sill, though Barbox Brothers from his retired post of disadvantage at the corner could not see it.

    Mugby Junction

  • But not until they had all turned at the little garden-gate, and kissed their hands to a face at the upper window: a low window enough, although the upper, for the cottage had but a story of one room above the ground.

    Mugby Junction

  • The saying goes that a wise man lives not as long as he can but as long as he should, and that the greatest favour that Nature has bestowed on us, and the one which removes all grounds for lamenting over our human condition, is the one which gives us the key to the garden-gate; Nature has ordained only one entrance to life but a hundred thousand exits.

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  • He interests himself in nothing: he scarcely cares to go beyond the garden-gate.

    The History of Pendennis


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