from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as hedge-violet.
- n. The bird's-foot violet.
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Seated a little apart, attired in simple white with a sash of blue, and wearing no ornament save her favorite flowers, the wood-violet and the lily of the valley, was Edith, gazing with unusual interest on that lively, gorgeous scene.
Highly cultured, modest as a wild wood-violet, inclined, moreover, to reserve, she was nevertheless capable of engrossing the attention of the most cultivated minds in the capital, and a conversation with her was ever a thing to be remembered.
There is more God in the peaceful beauty of this little wood-violet than in all the angry disputation of the sects.
She is as shy and as sweet as a little wood-violet.
She made you think at once of nothing so much as heart's-ease, -- a garden heart's-ease, that flower of many names; not of the frail, scentless, wild wood-violet, -- she had been cultured to something larger.
-- heir to my hydrogen -- a weed, or a cabbage, or something; my carbonic acid (ambition) would be dreaming dreams in some lowly wood-violet that was longing for a showy career; thus my details would be doing as much feeling as ever, but I should not be aware of it, it would all be going on for the benefit of those others, and I not in it at all.