On the state of the world today

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First and foremost: while usually Discarding Images has (as above) marginal pictorial comment suitable for every imaginable occasion, sometimes you need the one thing that responds to everything: 

The Marginal Fox

Being a curious sort of creature, I’ve always wondered how other people live and what they do with and in their lives. Everyday people, celebrities, fellow passengers on buses, The Powers That Be, and other fabulous mythical wonders. I seem to have been wondering about this for some months, judging by my Facebook activity. So here is a beast-fable imagining such a “Day In The Life Of…”

This post is dedicated to the greatest and most important and immortal medieval narrative cycle: to Le Roman de Renart in all its shapes and languages and to all its cultural cousins worldwide.

Images below link elsewhere, some of them to elsewheres on Facebook.

PROLOGUE
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PREPARING TO FACE THE DAY

Ablutions, coffee, commute, news.

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PUMPKIN SPICE FOR ALL

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A HARD DAY’S WORK

The usual alternation of bursts of frenetic activity and slower-paced routine.
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WINDING DOWN AFTER WORK

(Not entirely accurate. May be part of some cats’ actual working days.)
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EPILOGUE
There is no moral because this is a proper beast-fable, not Ovide Moralisé or one of those silly seventeenth-century or otherwise foolishly Modern ones. There will be no laboured exegesis of allegory. As a compromise, I offer some historical explanation in the form of an online archaeological dig. Treasures found appear below in a curated collection of specially-selected Facebook posts from the last four months.

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Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 1.24.56 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-15 at 1.20.59 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-15 at 1.15.53 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-15 at 1.08.50 PMFoxy image towards the top of this page, also used and abused elsewhere on this site and as an online avatar:
c/o literatuurgeschiedenis.nl via  Wikipedia
. Detail from: Book of Hours, Master of Catherine of Cleves, Lieven van Lathem (illuminators); Utrecht, c. 1460. Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum (MMW), Den Haag: Ms. 10 F 50, fol. 6r.

Related:

Festal Missal, Garnerus de Morolio (scribe), Petrus de Raimbaucourt (illuminator); Amiens: c. 1323. Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Den Haag: Ms. KB 78 D 40, Fol. 33rb: margin. First encountered in 2008 via Got Medieval and their fine analysis, “Mmm… Marginalia: Wheel of Reynard.”

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