Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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Schott's Miscellany 1 November 2009

Michelangelo's ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was exhibited to the public for the first time (1512)


Originally the ninth (novern) month, November has long been associated with slaughter, hence the Dutch Slaghtmaand ("Slaughter month"). The Anglo Saxon was Blotmonath ("blood" or "sacrifice month").

A dismal month, November has been the subject of many writers' ire. As J.B. Burges wrote: "November leads her wintry train, / And stretches o'er the firmament her veil / Charg'd with foul vapors, fogs and drizzly rain."

Famously, Thomas Hood's poem "No!" contains the lines, "No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease... / No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, / No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds--November!"

Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.
Agatha Christie (1891-1976)
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