Part of the infrastructure of a village fĂȘte celebrating the coming of age of the young squire, from where patronising and inappropriate prizes are bestowed on the lower orders.

‘… leading Mrs Irwine to a carpet-covered dais ornamented with hot-house plants…’

Source: George Eliot, Adam Bede (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1985 (1859)), p. 328

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