>We are like fruit
Take the flesh away from fruit, a pit is left.
>Hollow-cheeked we stand,
Hollow is also a reference to “pit”
> as an archaic
> bounding of a spring.
“puteal degrees” is an archaic expression for the same idea.
Puteal is a boundary to a well to prevent people from falling in.
> Those who meet us
> find themselves on a stair
> that cannot carry weight.
A pit is the opposite of a stair. The one helps one in ascending.
The other brings a quick descent. Another word for “degree” is “step”. A step is also part of a stair and so only a step that doesn’t carry weight can have the effect of a pit!
> Who are we?
Pitted or puteal degrees