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Picked their nuts for a season

Posted by ESC on February 17, 2004

In Reply to: Picked their nuts for a season posted by sara on February 17, 2004

: Does anyone know the meaning of the following expression used in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin:
: "Well", said Haley, after they had both silently picked their nuts for a season, "what do you say?"

: Haley was negotiating for the sale of Tom. Even in context I cannot attach a meaning to this phrase. Thanks for any thoughts.

People used to store up food for winter. Placing potatoes in bins in the cellar, etc. Maybe that's what they were doing with the nuts -- gathering enough for a season.