a casket of precious appearance containing twigs.

Type: Glossary Word | Title: Great Expectations (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Chapter XXXIII

A casket is a small chest, usually for jewels or other valuables, but here merely the container for twigs, that is, for the stalks on which tea leaves grow. The tea concocted from the twigs will barely resemble the real thing.

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