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a cricket on the hearth

A sign of good health and good fortune. I'm putting this cricket statuette here because a cricket on the hearth is supposed to bring good luck. No, don't kill it! A cricket on the hearth is a good thing! No, thank you, I don't want a picture of a cricket near my fireplace—and don't start with that "cricket on the hearth" stuff.
See also: cricket, hearth, on

hearth and home

Family and home; home life. When I was on my grand adventure, there was nothing I missed so much as hearth and home.
See also: and, hearth, home
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hearth and home

home and its comforts.
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cricket on the hearth

A symbol of good luck and health. A cricket on the hearth has been a sign of household luck for millennia and in many cultures. Crickets were widely considered to bring good fortune as well as a kind of companionship. Representations of a cricket have long been included as a fireplace decoration. The expression “to find a cricket on the hearth is the luckiest thing of all” comes from Charles Dickens's novella, Cricket on the Hearth.
See also: cricket, hearth, on
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The Professor discovered me in the act of crawling across the hearth, and before I could escape he had caught me between his thumb and forefinger.
But there was a cry on the hearth: the child had awaked, and Marner stooped to lift it on his knee.
Light-winged Smoke, Icarian bird, Melting thy pinions in thy upward flight, Lark without song, and messenger of dawn, Circling above the hamlets as thy nest; Or else, departing dream, and shadowy form Of midnight vision, gathering up thy skirts; By night star-veiling, and by day Darkening the light and blotting out the sun; Go thou my incense upward from this hearth, And ask the gods to pardon this clear flame.
Why art thou banished from our hearth and hall, Thou who art welcomed and beloved by all?
Fortune, however, brought me to her hearth all desolate and alone, for Jove struck my ship with his thunderbolts, and broke it up in mid-ocean.
To have a Cricket on the Hearth, is the luckiest thing in all the world!'
Sometimes, in the twilight, when I have felt a little solitary and down-hearted, John--before baby was here to keep me company and make the house gay--when I have thought how lonely you would be if I should die; how lonely I should be if I could know that you had lost me, dear; its Chirp, Chirp, Chirp upon the hearth, has seemed to tell me of another little voice, so sweet, so very dear to me, before whose coming sound my trouble vanished like a dream.
Then, Dot--quite well again, she said, quite well again--arranged the great chair in the chimney-corner for her husband; filled his pipe and gave it him; and took her usual little stool beside him on the hearth.
And as he soberly and thoughtfully puffed at his old pipe, and as the Dutch clock ticked, and as the red fire gleamed, and as the Cricket chirped; that Genius of his Hearth and Home (for such the Cricket was) came out, in fairy shape, into the room, and summoned many forms of Home about him.
There is no place for it in all your husband's visions; why has its shadow fallen on his hearth!
As I brought another of the ragged chairs to the hearth and sat down, I remarked a new expression on her face, as if she were afraid of me.
I looked into the room where I had left her, and I saw her seated in the ragged chair upon the hearth close to the fire, with her back towards me.
After several years of barbecue manufacturers expanding product lines to include smaller, more mobile grills, hearth manufacturers this year present smaller hearths for the home, as well as patio.
livingroom and dining area with original fireplaces and tiled hearths. There is "exquisite" period detailing, high ceilings, wood floors and a southern exposure, the kitchen has a hooded Viking stove with outside vent, Miele dishwasher and Sub Zero refrigerator.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Former members of the Ottoman Hearths (Osmanly Ocaklary) -- who resigned from the group after a circular released by the Prime Minister's Office expressed the president's disapproval of the Hearths abusing his name -- are reported to be founding a new pro-government association.