667 Steinbach Nutcracker Bacchus
My friend Hieronymus has a vineyard on
the Rhine. As a winemaker he loves the lively jokes of our Rhinelanders
— they are unsurpassed in this at carneval time, which begins every
year on thell 11.11 at 11.11 a.m. and ends on Ash Wednesday. This is the
time of the great fancy dress costumes.
Hieronymus goes along as a Franziskan
monk in his capuchin costume and sings the praises of the percentages of
his wines which are far higher than the percentages offered at the
savings bank. This quite logically means that you should put your money
into wine rather than the bank.
His nice, rotund figure brought
Hieronymus the nickname )>Bacchus<( who was really the Greek God
of wine. Nowadays in the E.E.C. sour wine may be sweetened — it’s
better to remember Wilhelm Busch’s:
Red wine is for old boys one of the
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