a bit of sugar-bag

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In D.H Lawrence's Sons and Lovers, they are walking in the woods, they see something there, one character says:

“Now, just see those!” she exclaimed. “I was looking at the currant bushes, when, thinks I to myself, ‘There’s something very blue; is it a bit of sugar-bag?’ and there, behold you! Sugar-bag! Three glories of the snow, and such beauties! But where on earth did they come from?”

What is sugar bag? a bag for sugar? were they blue?
  • Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    From the context and the way the word is used, I would assume it is the common name of a plant with a blue flower that blooms in early spring.


    Senior Member
    English - England
    a bag for sugar?
    were they blue?

    In Lawrence's day, the "Tate and Lyle" (the main British sugar producer) bags were a little lighter blue than this, and were copies of a rather heavy plain blue paper bag that grocers used - they would fill such a bag from a store of sugar.

    Enquiring Mind

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    English - the Queen's
    Hi mariana79, the previous two sentences are:
    Under the fence, in a little bed, was a ravel of poor grassy leaves, such as come from very immature bulbs, and three scyllas in bloom. Mrs. Morel pointed to the deep blue flowers. (dailylit.com)
    The flowers are scyllas, which are blue, like sugar bags (often) were.
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