“The Class of Dreamers” / Memorable Fancies #2508

[“In the late fourth century … dreamers were categorized according to a traditional hierarchy.” – Jacques Le Goff]

First, those who routinely had bad dreams. That was category one. Then those with happy dreams: category two. Three, those who dreamed of God; these people would be honored and placed in precarious positions of great authority. Four, those who refused to reveal their dreams and were led, ashen-faced, to the gallows, or to the altar where they were forced to marry diseased people of no particular sex.

There were a few stragglers who claimed never to dream. These were deemed both wise and cautious, and allowed to retire to the countryside in peace.



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