A nail, to hang his thoughts on.
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)
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).
some more nails here.
16 April 2012