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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: A harsh taskmaster.
After Simon Legree, a brutal slaveholder in the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896). Simon Legree has Uncle Tom, an enslaved man, whipped to death for refusing to divulge the whereabouts of two enslaved women who had escaped to freedom. Earliest documented use: 1857.
“The Simon Legree of the plot was Brahms, who routinely dumped on any young composer rash enough to seek his imprimatur.”
Don O’Connor; Bruckner & Rott: Quartets; American Record Guide (Washington, DC); Jul/Aug 2012.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:The hands that help are better far / Than lips that pray. / Love is the ever gleaming star / That leads the way, / That shines, not on vague worlds of bliss, / But on a paradise in this. -Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer and orator (11 Aug 1833-1899)