Sleeping Beauty ballet, christening scene
The christening scene in a ballet version of the Sleeping Beauty, with the wicked fairy Carabosse putting her curse on the baby Princess in her cradle. Illustration to a fairytale by Charles Perrault, first published 1697, and performed as a ballet in several versions, the most famous being set to music by Tchaikovsky, first performed in 1890.
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Fig Tree growing out of a tomb in Watford Churchyard
A Fig Tree growing out of a tomb in Watford Churchyard - the legend runs that a lady buried in the vault from which the tree is growing was an atheist, and that on her death-bed she adhered to the tenet that expressed a wish that a fig tree might grow out of her heart if there were a God.... Local thought today is that the growth of the fig tree is more likely down to the vicars preference for eating figs as he walked to church, spitting the pips out as he went. It is also unlikely that an atheist would have occupied such an impressive tomb, so close to the church! Date: circa 1920s
Native African prophet is not told of what the subject they wish to be enlightened, he is supposed to be acquainted with their thoughts and they merely intimate that they wish to have the benefit of his knowledge. Prophet's simulated vision is not a series of guesses, in which he may possibly hit upon the truth, but asystematic enumeration of particulars. Date: 1868
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