10 February 2017

Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel


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t seems that 10 February is the Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck in Malta, and Fenkil Day in Eritrea, and while those are doubtless worthy holidays in their way, neither of them inspire me with any thoughts at all, worthy or unworthy. The worthy Sabine Baring-Gould tells us it is the feast day of such notable figures as St. Scholastica (Monte Cassino), St. Trumwine, St. William of Maleval, and Saint Austrebertha. Wikipedia tells me that Saint Austrebertha once talked a wolf into carrying the laundry belonging to the convent on the grounds that the wolf had killed a donkey whose job it was; the wolf supposedly carried the laundry for them for the rest of his life. Why the wolf agreed to this the article doesn’t explain. Nor, for that matter, what language she and the wolf conversed in.

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