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F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up

F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

"In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day.''

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Borrowed from April

The last three days of March are said to be “borrowed from April.”

‘March said to Aperill,
I see 3 hoggs [hoggets, sheep] upon a hill;
And if you’ll lend me dayes 3
I’ll find a way to make them dee [die].
The first o’ them wus wind and weet,
The second o’ them wus snaw and sleet,
The third o’ them wus sic a freeze
It froze the birds’ nebs to the trees.
When the 3 days were past and gane
The 3 silly hoggs came hirpling [limping] hame.”

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When three Thursdays meet

Meaning: Never (q.v.). In French, "Cela arrivera la semaine des trois jeudis." Maundy Thursday. (See MAUNDY THURSDAY.)