Far the most valuable and important of all is wheat flour, because this grain contains, as we have seen, not only starch, but a considerable amount of vegetable "meat," or gluten, which is easily digested in the stomach. This gluten, however, carries with it one disadvantage its stickiness, or gumminess.
I believe in my conscience that mine is made up somewhat after this sort: for never poor jerkin has been tickled off at such a rate as it has been these last nine months together, and yet I declare, the lining to it, as far as I am a judge of the matter, is not a three-penny piece the worse; pell-mell, helter-skelter, ding-dong, cut and thrust, back stroke and fore stroke, side way and long-way, have they been trimming it for me: had there been the least gumminess in my lining, by heaven! it had all of it long ago been frayed and fretted to a thread.
In every jot and tittle of barb and prickle, of the glossiness which disheartens or the gumminess which ensnares, we may be sure that equally with all the lures of hue, form and scent, nothing, however trifling it may seem, is as we find it, except through usefulness long tested and approved.