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A nail, to hang his thoughts on.
 

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a lemon stuck full of nails, used as a death maker (fattura della morte), from a drawing of this remarkable object now in the Pitt Rivers Museum,
ex Frederick Thomas Elworthy, The Evil Eye : An Account of this Ancient & Widespread Superstition (London 1895)
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The winding of the thread or yarn amongst the nails has doubtless its especial meaning…

epigram from The Notebooks of Joseph Joubert : A Selection. Translated by Paul Auster (1983, 2005).
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some more nails here.
 

16 April 2012
tags: nails