It rained on Wednesday morning.
It rained all day.
It rained all night.
By 2 a.m. Thursday, I was jittery.
The thunder roared constantly.
I turned up the fan to drown out the thunder.
I could still hear the thunder.
I worried about the cats. One was in hiding; another mewed from a corner behind a door. I scooped her up and pulled a quilt over both of us. It was too warm, but it calmed us.
We were terrified.
If we just get under the quilt…
But the thunder is really, really loud.
I was so nervous.
I read a few pages of Petronius, because I just received my copy of an excellent new Latin edition, The Satyrica of Petronius: An Intermediate Reader with Commentary and Guided Review (Oklahoma Series in Classical Culture Series) by Beth Severy-Hoven. It is a superb alternative to the other Latin Petronius texts, which include M. G. Balme’s heavily-adapted The Millionaire’s Dinner Party, and Gilbert Lawall’s Petronius: Selections from the Satyricon, a very disappointing edition that provides so many notes that it is virtually translated for the students.
I was very happy to find Severy-Hoven’s book at Amazon, because it is so, so difficult to find Latin texts. Her commentary and background essays are also appropriate for undergraduates and high school students.
By the way, those who dislike Charlie Hebdo would really hate the vulgarity of Petronius!