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apple-knocker

Someone who hails from a rural place and is regarded as unworldly. Ugh, those apple-knockers move too slow for life here in the big city.

apple-knocker

A country bumpkin. One of the many terms that city slickers applied to less sophisticated rural dwellers (“rube,” “hayseed,” and “Gomer” are others). The phrase came from fruit harvesters using long sticks to dislodge the hanging crop.
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Her 27 July 1953 letter forwarded to Africa asks Hemingway, "Why not write SOMETHING that is worthwhile, before you die?" She includes a dipping from her Iowa newspaper that blasts Hemingway as an "over-rated writer" whose main faults include "a scant sense of humor." Hemingway broods over the letter but feels a "rush of piety and Whitman-like warmth" when he invents "a splendid name" for her as "Nuestra Senora de los Apple Knockers" (228-29).