Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Gaudy Night

Court Jester ~ by Norman Rockwell
The Saturday Evening Post
Cover for February 11, 1939

Let’s have one other gaudy night. Call to me
All my sad captains. Fill our bowls once more.
Let’s mock the midnight bell.
~ Act 3, Scene 13

Shakespeare ~ from Antony and Cleopatra

"But the glittery balls and the rustic down-home meet-ups had one thing in common . . . they came to an abrupt halt at midnight [on Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras]. It was even said that the devil was lurking somewhere in the shadows making a list of those who kept on partying after the stroke of 12. The following day was. . . Ash Wednesday, which would usher in a 40-day period of severe fasting and penance and zero amusement."

Today: Happy Mardi Gras!

Tomorrow: Ash Wednesday

Belated: Happy Birthday Norman Rockwell!
February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978

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