feathers handed out by women during the First World War to men whom they regarded as cowards for not being at the Western Front

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A later revision amended this to “a certain Poetess”, though this did not make it into the final publication, either, as Owen apparently decided to address his poem to the larger audience of war supporters in general such as the women who handed out white feathers during the conflict to men whom they regarded as cowards for not being at the front.

(Wikipedia, ‘Dulce et Decorum est’)

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the herrings that Samuel Pepys had for breakfast, 28 Feb. 1660

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Up in the morning, and had some red Herrings to our breakfast while my boot-heel was a-mending; by the same token, the boy left the hole as big as it was before.

(Samuel Pepys, diary, 28 Feb. 1660)

the binding of Pepys’s diary, its margins

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He bought a notebook bound in simple but rich brown calf, of the sort that stationers sold to customers  who wanted something better than an everyday memorandum book, as a commonplace book of some kind. Its pages were ruled in red at the upper and outer margins.

(Robert Latham, introduction to The Diary of Samuel Pepys: A Selection)

des tissus au mausolée de Sidi Abderrahmane

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Elle multiplia les visites au mausolée de Sidi Abderrahmane — c’était le jeudi, car le vendredi était le jour de Dieu. De ce lieu, je garde confusément le souvenir de tissus de couleur verte, d’un lustre énorme et, mêlés aux odeurs d’encens, d’étouffants parfums de femmes se lamentant, quémandant qui un mari, qui la fertilité, qui l’amour ou la vengeance.

(Kamel Daoud, Meursault, contre-enquête, 3)

the high, conspicuous cloud, which, when you have fixed it once above the horizon, stands permanent and constant, turning at last into no cloud, but an evidence of human things after the emptiness of the sea

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Every memory or relic of primitive navigation shows it a feeling-out for the high, conspicuous blue cloud, which, when you have fixed it once above the horizon, stands permanent and constant, turning at last into no cloud, but an evidence of human things after the emptiness of the sea.

(Hilaire Belloc, The Old Road)

the projection behind Virginia Wing supporting Hookworms

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Frustrated by the progressive psychedelic band’s incongruously laddy crowds, the Manchester synth-pop duo performed the rest of their dates against a hot pink projection that read: “END RAPE CULTURE.”

(Laura Snapes, ‘Virginia Wing: Ecstatic Arrow Album Review’, Pitchfork, 19 June 2019)

the panther that Haines raved about

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—He was raving all night about a black panther, Stephen said. Where is his guncase?

—A woful lunatic, Mulligan said. Were you in a funk?

—I was, Stephen said with energy and growing fear. Out here in the dark with a man I don’t know raving and moaning to himself about shooting a black panther. You saved men from drowning. I’m not a hero, however. If he stays on here I am off.

(Ulysses, 1)