Chapter 22 of Summer of the Netherfield Witch

Faced with a death curse put on her by her Aunt Tara, a witch and former porno star, Jane Harris has hatched a plan to defeat her aunt, save the day, and possibly usher in a new Golden Age. Hey, she’s fourteen: girl’s got to have some ambition. And when you’re fourteen, everything is about either saving the world or watching it crumble all around you. Just ask any teenager with a bad outbreak of acne. And a death curse is at least on par with acne when you’re a teenager. Yet as both Jane and Aunt Tara are going to find out, “Planning is important, but luck is essential” in chapter 22 of Summer of the Netherfield Witch.

Speaking of planning and luck, artist Salvator Rosa (1615-1673) planned this

Speaking of planning and luck, artist Salvator Rosa (1615-1673) planned this “Allegory of Fortune” as a satire on Papal corruption, and only escaped being jailed and excommunicated thanks to the lucky intervention of the Pope’s brother!


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I enjoy history because it helps me understand people. I'm writing fiction for much the same reason.
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5 Responses to Chapter 22 of Summer of the Netherfield Witch

  1. crimsonprose says:

    It’s that rutting great horn that gives the allegory away! No, really, I did wander at first what it was. I thought it a worm from Dune. It that HAS to be an aurochs’ horn, doesn’t it?

    • Brian Bixby says:

      I’m not sure exactly what the model was for the horn, but I’m told it’s a cornucopia turned upside-down to show how it’s not bearing good fruits.

      • crimsonprose says:

        Yea, I know what it’s supposed to be. But I’ve never seen one like that before. (It’s that curly bit at its tip, reminds me strongly of certain parts of Greek athletes’ bodies are portrayed by unnamed Greek sculptors.) And I’d say it’s size is to emphasize just how fertile the gifts. All in all, it’s an exceedingly sexual image–not forgetting the goat (and you know what they say about them)

        • Brian Bixby says:

          And with all that sexual imagery abounding, you can understand how much the Papal court was pissed off about this painting.

          • crimsonprose says:

            It’s because of that imagery that one knows it’s an allegory of the papal court. But yea, I doubt they were chuffed. That’s like having your dirty laundry aired along with your used condoms. So to speak. Lecherous lot! But it wouldn’t do for the peasants to act equally as bunnies.

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