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on 21 Floréal CCXIII

I apologize for being so quiet of late. I've been swamped with grading, and now I am off to Oklahoma to attend my sister's college graduation. When I return, I look forward to catching up with everyone.


Until then, for your edification and amusement, as previously mentioned by valancourtbooks:

For twelve years following the French Revolution, from 1792 to 1804, France utilized a different calendar from the rest of the world. This website converts any date into what it would have been under the short-lived Jacobin calendar. I hope everyone is enjoying a most excellent Floréal.


And now, a quote for the day, morbid and haunting and lovely as only Rilke can be:

He extends like the land beyond your walls.
and he knows he can hold out longer.

Look from your balconies:
there he camps. He does not tire
or diminish in size or strength.
He sends no messengers to threaten
or to promise or persuade.

He who will overcome you
is working in silence.


From "You many unassaulted Cities," Rainer Maria Rilke,
as translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy

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toddlyles
May. 12th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC)
Didn't they (the French revolutionaries) change the clock too? I seem to recall they added an hour to the day or something.
eldritchhobbit
May. 17th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, good point - I think they made a number of changes, even weekday names and such. Quite the reinventors, those revolutionaries. It's amazing how much ideology touched every aspect of life...
sneezythesquid
May. 12th, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC)
Welcome back, we missed ya. Good luck with the grading, and six days left!
eldritchhobbit
May. 17th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! :)
randomalia
May. 15th, 2005 03:22 am (UTC)
That's a great link! And a shiver-inducing quote, thank you. Look forward to your return :)
eldritchhobbit
May. 17th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! :) Are you getting excited? Revenge of the Sith is soooo close... I do hope you'll post your thoughts after you've seen it!
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