Wednesday, February 3


I'm Pretty Sure They Used This Plot on an Episode of Seinfeld

The Tudor jest-book, A Hundred Merry Tales, tells the story of John Adoyne, a Suffolk man who unwittingly terrifies his neighbours by wandering around the town in his demon's costume after a local religious play. The squire, on being told the devil is at his door, "marvelously abashed called up his chaplain and made the holy candle [i.e., one used at the Candlemas procession] to be lighted to be lighted and gat holy water," to conjure [sic] him away."

--Eamonn Duffy, The Stripping of the Altars, p. 17

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