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The motif New year in HCA : Ole, the Tower Keeper (1859)
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The motif New year in HCA : Ole, the Tower Keeper (1859)

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Description of this motif: New year is celebrated among most peoples. New years eve is a period of transformation, in which different ritual acts are performed. New year is associated with renewal. The world is new again, and you can start afresh.

Example 1:

I read your book on New Year's Eve, and became so lost in it that I entirely forgot my usual New Year's Eve entertainment – watching the wild hunt to Amager; but you don't know what that is.

"The witches' flight to the Blocksberg on Midsummer Eve is, of course, well known, but we also have a wild mob, in this land and in our time, which speeds to Amager on New Year's Eve. All the bad poets, poetesses, newspaper hack writers, musicians, and artistic lions who are not worth anything else ride through the air to Amager on New Year's Eve. They sit astride their pencils or quill pens – for steel pens are too stiff for riding.

Example 2:

On another New Year's Day I went to the tower, and this time Ole talked about the "Skaal" toasts that had been drunk with the change of the old year to the new. Then he gave his story of the glasses, and there was sense in what he said.

"On New Year's Eve when the clock strikes twelve, people rise from the table with freshly filled glasses and drink a toast to the new year. (...)

"You see, the first glass is the glass of health. In it grows the health herb. Stick that into your beam, and by the end of the year you may sit in the arbor of health.

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