Bent-Red-Sun-Day…

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 … “Oh, that’s good!”

“Even though I don’t have a clue to what you’re referring.”

“Ah, well I expect that particular quotation may have more to do with spring than autumn anyway.”

“Or it may simply have something to do with butterflies,” smiled Don.

“‘Bent-Black’ is a reference to a withered stalk I take it?”

“It’s at least possible.”

“Which became personified through association with a particular day in much the same way that we now talk of Guy Fawkes Night.”

“In a vaguely similar way, perhaps, and that day is?”

“The first day of autumn.”

“Which was always a Sunday?”

“Well, it was always celebrated on a Sunday.”

“So in the current calendar it was always celebrated on the first Sunday of August. But what of the last day of summer?”

“Well, that would be the last Sunday in July, or at least that is the day on which it would be celebrated.”

“And it would be called?”

“Bent-Red-Sun-Day!”

“Which is?”

“Yet another reference to the baleful red sun that blights and scorches. These dates seem very precise.”

“It’s possible that the weather was a little more stable and predictable back then.”

“That’s hard to credit.”

“There is record of a claim that it always rained the day after the crop had been fetched it.”

“Really?”

“That’s precision engineering.”

“Wouldn’t it make more sense for the last day of summer and the first day of autumn to be the same day?”

“Well, they may be but unless that actually fell on a Sunday you would still have a last and first Sunday…”

“Six years out of seven.”

“Give or take.”

“If I were responsible for organising the celebrations I’d make Bent-Black an Old Woman and Bent-Red an Old Man.”

“And then what?”

“I would marry them off and send them on their way.”

“It’s very difficult not to be entirely  in agreement.”

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