This week’s words: Ether Grimalkin- an old female cat: an ill-tempered old woman Attic Dusk Augur- https://www.dictionary.com/browse/augur?s=t Curse Cabal- https://www.dictionary.com/browse/cabal?s=t Zodiac Sign Dripping Tattered Misgiving Strangleweed- The dodder is also known by the folk name “strangleweed” because it wraps itself around other plants and inserts itself into their vascular systems.
Esther Grimalkin was proud of her name. After all, hers was one of the few names she knew to get a mention in a Shakespearean play. Admittedly it was in reference to a cat in Macbeth, but it was there all the same.
That being the case you could be misgiven for thinking she was a cat lady or for that matter a cranky old crone. She was none of those but rather a tall and elegant woman who like so many tall and elegant women had her fair share of secrets.
She believed her family to be cursed. It all stemmed from the reference to Grimalkin in the ‘Scottish play’ as it was known. That being the case it did not augur so well when she read her family cabal and the strange behaviours at dusk. There were intriguing mysteries surrounding her family, a lot of mentioning of ether, coming from out of the ether and why ether was such an important factor in her families past.
In the attic of her house were stored the family documents, contained in tattered folders of books all dripping with age and controversy.
Each volume she discovered was tied up with lengths of strangleweed, which for reasons unknown was the floral symbol of her family.
She found it all a bit sinister and decided to piece together her family story. It all had something to do with the zodiac sign one was born into. Esther Grimalkin was a Libra, and she liked being a Libra for no other reason than she knew she was a tad indecisive and that quality she thought was enough for her to set aside the thought of a curse on the family name.