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    Belled under glass

    Hello,

    Does the bold text mean the stuff that is belled under glass - the artificial fruit put under a glass bell-like casing, as seen on the picture below?

    But he thanked the Lord he had kept his sanity, that he was respected; that he wasn't in the artificial fruit trade, the stuff your grandmother belled under glass. He thanked the Lord he was not foul to look at; foul, probably, to smell; and a poison even to think about. Yet still he peeped on, this old Tom, though at no Lady Godiva. They would buy right enough; there was no doubt of that.

    Walter de la Mare, The Tree, 192?

    http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-fr...s-image6649557

    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: Belled under glass

    Yes.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: Belled under glass

    One name for a glass dome is a ​bell jar.
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