The barberry's brilliant fruit was likewise food for my eyes merely; but I collected a small store of wild apples for coddling, which the proprietor and travellers had overlooked.
"He needs an ass beating, not coddling!" he snapped.
But you can probably get close if your orchard hygiene is impeccable and if you use traps for coddling moths and apple maggots.
Of all the coddling he'd accused Sofi and Bianca of doing, he'd been working hard to protect Darian from anything that might force him to grow into his powers.