A CURATE'S WEEK OF CONFESSION
In his 1855 book Table Talk, John Doran recounts the story of a curate at Basse Bretagne, noted for his wit, who found that his duty at the confessional interfered with a number of invitations to dine. Seeking to indulge his stomach, the curate declared from the pulpit: "In order to avoid confusion, my brethren, I have to announce that tomorrow, Monday, I will receive at confession the liars only; on Tuesday, the misers; on Wednesday, the slanderers; on Thursday, the thieves; Friday, the libertines; and Saturday, the women of evil life." Doran notes that "the priest was left during that week to enjoy himself without let or hindrance."
Irving Berlin (1888-1989)