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    Play ball with a pomander

    Hello,

    Can anybody help me what the author means by playing ball with a pomander?

    " ... She took from her bosom a pomander set in abattered silver case. I cried out; Rose had loved that toy in her childhood; thousands of times we had played ball with it ..."

    Gilchrist Murray, The Return, 190?

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    #2

    Re: Play ball with a pomander

    A pomander (I had to look it up) is a ball with fragrant stuff in it, that one might stick in a drawer to keep clothes smelling nice.

    Do you not know what playing ball means? Throwing and catching.

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    #3

    Re: Play ball with a pomander

    And I believe at one time fashionable people used to carry them about their person - a sort of Jacobean deodorant.

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    PS The OP's efforts to get sense out of this expression may have been confused by the idiom 'play ball with' (in the meaning 'behave co-operatively').
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    #4

    Re: Play ball with a pomander

    A pomander was supposed to help prevent the person smelling it from catching diseases in the days when people carried them around.

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    #5

    Re: Play ball with a pomander

    Did that include bubonic plague?

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    #6

    Re: Play ball with a pomander

    I often play ball with a pomander with my cat. But this one has catnip in it.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomander
    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=p...Ch1tyQy1&dpr=1

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    #7

    Re: Play ball with a pomander

    Cats like that content better.

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    Re: Play ball with a pomander

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Did that include bubonic plague?
    Possibly, but they may not have been 100% effective.

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    Re: Play ball with a pomander

    0% effective. One cannot kill pathogenic bacteria with spices and flowers.

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    It might have filtered some muck out- like wearing a surgical mask today.

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