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when eating with utensils is a mortal sin [Jan. 30th, 2011|04:18 pm]
Oh my God, it's been a long time since I posted, hasn't it? I really need to start posing regularly here again, especially since, even though I think most people agree that Livejournal has passed its heyday long ago (unless you're Russian), I still both could use the casual writing practice and I'm too lazy to move the whole operation to WordPress or whatever.

In the meantime, I have to share this quote from one of the books I'm reading for my comps:

In the eleventh century a Venetian doge married a Greek princess. In her Byzantine circle the fork was clearly in use. At any rate, we hear that she lifted food to her mouth 'by means of little golden forks with two prongs.' This gave rise in Venice to a dreadful scandal: 'This novelty was regarded as so excessive a sign of refinement that the dogaressa was severely rebuked by the ecclesiastics who called down divine wrath upon her. Shortly afterward she was afflicted by a repulsive illness and St. Bonaventure did not hesitate to declare that this was a punishment from God."

-Elias Nobert, The Civilizing Process, p. 59.

[User Picture]From: nitasee
2011-01-31 04:02 pm (UTC)
I was thinking about you this weekend. I was about to email you just to make sure you were still alive and stuff.
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