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  • Marcel Proust knew this--"the taste of the piece of madeleine soaked in her decoction of lime-blossom" resurrected a whole town from his memories of years before.

    Proust effect

  • The summer evening is slowly melting into night, the warm air is fragrant of mignonette and lime-blossom; and at the window, leaning on her arm, her head bent on her shoulder, sits a young girl, and silently, intently gazes into the sky, as though looking for new stars to come out.

    Dream tales and prose poems

  • Come on, sit down and I'll make you a lime-blossom tea. '

    The Shadow of the Wind

  • Herr Carovius went home and made a lime-blossom tea; such a tea had often helped him when he had not felt well.

    Gänsemännchen. English

  • The owl hooted, the red climbing roses seemed to deepen in colour, there came a scent of lime-blossom.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • After waiting a minute, I would go in and kiss her; Françoise would be making her tea; or, if my aunt were feeling 'upset,' she would ask instead for her 'tisane,' and it would be my duty to shake out of the chemist's little package on to a plate the amount of lime-blossom required for infusion in boiling water.

    Swann's Way

  • And then she remembered how as a child -- in far-away Sussex -- she used to press her face into the lime-blossom in her uncle's garden -- passionately, greedily, trying to get from it a greater pleasure than it would ever yield.


  • Suddenly, as he approached it, the night burst into fragrance, for a gust of wind shook the lime-blossom, and flung the scent in Meynell's face; while at the same time the dim masses of roses in the garden sent out their sweetness to the passers-by.

    The Case of Richard Meynell

  • James [224] Stokes, and therefore of Emerald Uthwart, through the long summer-time, till the Green Court is fragrant with lime-blossom, and speech-day comes, on which, after their flower-service and sermon from an old comrade, Emerald surprises masters and companions by the fine quality of a recitation; still more when "Scholar Stokes" and he are found bracketed together as "Victors" of the school, who will proceed together to Oxford.

    Miscellaneous Studies; a series of essays

  • On we rode, up hill and down dale, through shady lanes full of the smell of lime-blossom, skirting meadows fragrant with the ripe mellow hay and honey-sweet clover, and then between plantations of aromatic, spicy fir and pine, all exhaling their perfumes under the influence of the warm sunset.

    Records of a Girlhood


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  • "Old friends of M. and Mme Guermantes came in to see them after dinner, 'with the tooth-picks' as Mme Swann would have said, without being expected, and took in winter a cup of lime-blossom tea in the lighted warmth of the great drawing-room, in summer a glass of orangeade in the darkness of the little rectangular strip of garden outside."

    --The Guermantes Way by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, Revised by D.J. Enright, p 703of the Modern Library paperback edition

    September 11, 2008

  • "And as soon as I had recognised the taste of the piece of madeleine soaked in her decoction of lime-blossom which my aunt used to give me (and though I did not yet know and must long postpone the discovery of why this memory made me so happy) immediately the old grey house upon the street, where her room was, rose up like a stage set to attach itself to the little pavilion opening on to the garden ..."

    -- Swann's Way by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, p 51 of the Vintage International paperback edition

    December 24, 2007