John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Ten random things: September 25

Ten Felixes:

  1. Antonius Felix, procurator of Judaea
  2. Felix Habsburg, Archduke of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia
  3. Felixdorf, Austria
  4. 1664 Felix, asteroid
  5. Felix Potvin, retired NHL goalie
  6. Felix Unger, character in The Odd Couple
  7. Apache Felix, open source OSGi framework
  8. St. Felix of Nola, Roman Catholic martyr
  9. Pope Felix III, pontifex maximus
  10. Felix the Cat, wonderful wonderful cat

In chapter six of Jane Eyre, the title character says, "like Felix, I put it off to a more convenient season." I did not understand that analogy! After a bit of Googling, I determined that the Felix in question was the first one listed above, and Jane's reference was to a certain passage in the New Testament, Acts 24:22-25:

At that point Felix, who was quite familiar with the Way, adjourned the hearing and said, "Wait until Lysias, the garrison commander, arrives. Then I will decide the case." He ordered an officer to keep Paul in custody but to give him some freedom and allow his friends to visit him and take care of his needs.

A few days later Felix came back with his wife, Drusilla, who was Jewish. Sending for Paul, they listened as he told them about faith in Christ Jesus. As he reasoned with them about righteousness and self-control and the coming day of judgment, Felix became frightened. "Go away for now," he replied. "When it is more convenient, I’ll call for you again."

Most of you probably already knew that, of course, but just in case I thought I'd mention it.


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