Keep Off the Grass

13 Jul

sta viator amabilem conjugem calcus – stop traveler, you are treading on an adored wife

Classical Usage:  In Part Three Chapter XI Charles picks Emma’s tombstone, but for some reason allows Homais to select the inscription.  At first he can only think of the “Stop, traveler” line, one that was apparently a common epitaph, and then the completion of the thought comes to him.  There was no question that Emma was adored, and adored, and adored . . .

Classically Mad Usage:  Do not, I repeat, do not put this on my headstone, Jerry.

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Posted by on July 13, 2012 in Madame Bovary


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