A Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Keillor

By Garrison Keillor

A brief comedian novel a few Hawaii-bound vacation tourist who finally ends up stranded in his North Dakota native land in the course of a blizzard.

A filthy rich and depressed guy (thanks to the economic system he’s no longer relatively wealthy adequate to extend his cache of work by way of Vincent Van man, the famed Dutch realist) sure for Christmas within the tropics is without warning summoned domestic to North Dakota to go to an sick aunt. He arrives simply in time to be trapped there via a snowfall. The electrical energy is going out, and whilst it does, figures from his adolescence seem, and historic figures too, for a festive candlelit vacation. In his reverie, our guy reaches an epiphany precious of the season—he hears the harkening angels sing, he's awed via the silence of the evening (dead quiet: now not even television) and whilst he's eventually rescued, leaves North Dakota resolved to simplify his lifestyles.

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32 Ronsard is referring here to the traditions of Classical Antiquity, to the dryads, hamadryds, and other nymphs that Ovid depicted so wonderfully in his story about Erythichthon. ” 33 Ronsard was unaware, however, that this belief was widespread throughout all of Europe. A tree is a living being that is respected, to whom fate has alloted a certain lifespan; therefore, people refrained from chopping it down without rhyme or reason, as that could be dangerous. It is close to man and sometimes his personification; it sings, speaks, bleeds.

9 Corners are ambivalent locations as they are the abode of benevolent or malevolent forces. Various liquids can be sprinkled in them, or this or that item will be placed in them. 10 During the nineteenth century in the Russian region of Kostroma, the head of a rooster would be cut off on the threshold of the drying house or the bath house and its blood would be spread in the corners in order to disperse any malevolent forces they might be sheltering. 11 We should note that these rites can be divided into two types of measures: some are apotropaic (defensive), while the others have a sacrificial value.

The Outside of the House The rural house quite often consists of several buildings situated around a courtyard, and this also forms part of the domestic space. The courtyard therefore warrants a brief discussion, as we will encounter various beliefs that relate to it in the contexts we have already discussed. 42 In Russia, a spirit that can assume the shape of a snake with a rooster’s head, called a dvorovik, lives in the courtyard. 43 We should recall that the domovoj is almost always a dwarf, whose face is covered by hair except for his nose and around the eyes.

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