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hassock

1. a firm upholstered cushion used for kneeling on, esp in church
2. a thick clump of grass
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'Little Miss Muffet, sat on a tuffet eating her creme brulee...' | Jane's new novel, Summer Nights At The Moonlight Hotel, is out now.
030515DMISSTUFFET_01 | Making Miss Tuffet workshop at |Stirley Hill community farm, from left, Henry King (8), Harry King (2) Monica Plested and Caroline Fishpool.
Children's knowledge of nursery rhymes at ages three to four, for example, is related to detecting alliteration ("Dickery Dickery Dare") and rhyme ("Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet") at ages four to seven.
I'm lying stomach-down on my favorite cushion, my "tuffet", as Renee insists on calling it, even though I explained to her years ago that a tuffet is either a small stool or a tuft of grass.
The stool, Tuffet, 2009, is just as fragile, and three more works made of eggshells from the same year are equally incongruous: Fist and Point, a clenched fist and a faceted arrowhead, are aggressive tools that would shatter harmlessly if you used them as such; while Bather, though the title may conjure Cezanne, is immediately recognizable as a copy of the Venus of Willendorf, a Paleolithic limestone figure famous for its massive sense of weight despite its four-inch height.
Recognised by the storytellers as a tuffet, like the one sat upon by Miss Muffet, I was able to relate my own little story at this point--that I used to sit on it as a tiny child, leaning my back on the arm of my mother's fireside chair as I watched Muffin the Mule on TV in a curtained room, even in daylight.
I sneezed at a public lecture, not a phlegmy sneeze nor a high-pitched, suppressed Little Miss Muffet swallowed her tuffet sneeze, but a minorly disheveling brouhaha into my hand.
The rhyme, for those who don't remember, goes like this: Little Miss Muffet Sat on a tuffet Eating her curds and whey There came a big spider Who sat down beside her And frightened Miss Muffet away.
(Byatt's disdain for her shows through a little, cracking the narrative spell.) She follows a squirrel to a mossy tuffet in "the centre" of the wood; although she knows the worm was real she doesn't see it again.
A young female identified only as "Miss Muffett" ran away today when she became aware of a spider near her tuffet. "Ms.
When the lump had grown big enough--when some genetic trigger in her small brain said, "Now, that will do"--she stopped gathering and sat down on her little tuffet, waggling her wings and tiny rounded underbelly to shape the blob into a cup that easily would have fir inside my cupped hand.