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    #1

    around the shoulders

    Hi there

    I have a question about the sentence below.
    "On my first visit, the shopkeeper gave Mary half an apricot, plump and rosy around the shoulders, to eat while she shopped."

    I don't understand what "around the shoulders" mean in this sentence.
    At first, I thought it meant that the shopkeeper's hand was around Mary's shoulder to hand her the apricot.
    Then I found out that it was "the shoulders" not "the shoulder".
    The shopkeeper only gave her half an apricot so his hand should only be around one side of her shoulder.
    So I guess I was wrong.
    It looks like "around the shoulders" is about the apricot, but how can an apricot have shoulders?

    I hope I explain myself clearly enough to make you can understand what my question is.
    Thanks.

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    Re: around the shoulders

    My guess is it refers to the "shoulders" of the apricot.

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    #3

    Re: around the shoulders

    At the stalk end of the apricot.

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