Right now and for the next eighteen days, you can read The Fountain in the Forest in synch with the actual French Republican Calendar, which features in the novel. Conversion between the Republican and Gregorian Calendars is imprecise, but by common reckoning today’s date Friday 13 March 2020 converts to Quartidi 24 Ventôse 228 in the Revolutionary Calendar. Factoring in Fabre d’Eglantine’s system of everyday rural imagery, 24 Ventôse 228 and Chapter 12 of the novel are dedicated to the daisy.


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