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Nertera

 

a genus of creeping perennial herbs of the family Rubiaceae. The leaves are oval and opposite. The solitary flowers are four- or five-parted and have tubular or funnel-shaped greenish corollas. The fruit is a two-seeded drupe. There are approximately 12 species of Nertera, distributed in subtropical and tropical regions of the southern hemisphere. The bead plant (Nertera granadensis, or N. depressa) is cultivated in greenhouses and as a house plant; it is common in Central and South America, Tasmania, and New Zealand. The bead plant grows in dense clusters, which are adorned in the summer and autumn with bright orange fruits.

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The duchess told the duke what had happened, and he was much amused by it; and she, in pursuance of her design of making merry and diverting herself with Don Quixote, despatched the page who had played the part of Dulcinea in the negotiations for her disenchantment (which Sancho Panza in the cares of government had forgotten all about) to Teresa Panza his wife with her husband's letter and another from herself, and also a great string of fine coral beads as a present.
You are," said the page, "the most worthy wife of a most arch-worthy governor; and as a proof of what I say accept this letter and this present;" and at the same time he took out of his pocket a string of coral beads with gold clasps, and placed it on her neck, and said, "This letter is from his lordship the governor, and the other as well as these coral beads from my lady the duchess, who sends me to your worship.
Herewith I send you, my dear, a string of coral beads with gold clasps; I wish they were Oriental pearls; but "he who gives thee a bone does not wish to see thee dead;" a time will come when we shall become acquainted and meet one another, but God knows the future.
The madness is only this," said she, "that these are the letters of duchesses and governors, and these I have on my neck are fine coral beads, with ave-marias and paternosters of beaten gold, and I am a governess.
The curate took the coral beads from her neck and examined them again and again, and having satisfied himself as to their fineness he fell to wondering afresh, and said, "By the gown I wear I don't know what to say or think of these letters and presents; on the one hand I can see and feel the fineness of these coral beads, and on the other I read how a duchess sends to beg for a couple of dozen of acorns.
The curate and the bachelor could see plainly enough that the page spoke in a waggish vein; but the fineness of the coral beads, and the hunting suit that Sancho sent (for Teresa had already shown it to them) did away with the impression; and they could not help laughing at Sanchica's wish, and still more when Teresa said, "Senor curate, look about if there's anybody here going to Madrid or Toledo, to buy me a hooped petticoat, a proper fashionable one of the best quality; for indeed and indeed I must do honour to my husband's government as well as I can; nay, if I am put to it and have to, I'll go to Court and set a coach like all the world; for she who has a governor for her husband may very well have one and keep one.
Coral bead napkin rings (set of four), $85 and seashell placemats (set of four), $60; Annelle Primos and Associates, 45001-55 N.
50, Marks & Spencer; large gold and bronze cuff, pounds 14, Warehouse; turquoise and coral bead long necklace, pounds 14.
Also offered on eBay Great Collections beginning October 24 are a simulated coral bead necklace and pair of simulated pearl earrings personally owned and worn by former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
A numbered copy of the original Rossellini doll, she comes dressed in an embroidered batiste dress with a mini version of Jackie's coral bead necklace that sold at Sotheby's auction in April, with a 'do designed by Cristophe of Beverly Hills (yep, the same stylist who did President Clinton's hair).
Blue velvet box containing coral bead bracelet and necklace.
Brown leather flip flops, pounds 20, OasisBrown drop earrings, pounds 8, Marks & SpencerGold and coral bead earrings, pounds 9, OasisBlue and coral beaded earrings, pounds 8, Accessorize