"I have strolled, at such a time, as far as Covent Garden Market, and stared at the pineapples. "

Although Christopher Columbus had introduced the pineapple to Europe, it was not until the 1700s that Europeans began successfully to grow the fruit in hothouses or pits.

Pineapples were symbols of prosperity and were depicted in the decoration of the Royal Pavilion in Brighton when it was redesigned (1815-1822) by John Nash for the future King George IV.