azdak: Face of Klimt's Music II (Default)
posted by [personal profile] azdak at 09:29am on 14/04/2011
The joke is the dreadfulness of her Latin. What actually happens in the passage in question is that just before Jesus is arrested he tells Peter that Peter will deny him three times before the cock crows. Peter is all no way, I'd never do that, but after the arrest the Roman soldiers ask him three times if he knows this Jesus bloke, and he says, no, no, never heard of him. And then the cock crows and he realises what he's done and that Jesus knew all along and he feels just terrible.

I don't know which Latin word she mistook for "song", but not knowing any bible stories, she had no context to tell her she was barking up entirely the wrong tree.

Neither of my kids has ever had any trouble coping with the meaning of Christmas (presents!) or Easter (chocolate eggs!), but they're very vague on the details. It was never a problem in England, where I'm always more suprised to find that someone is a believer than otherwise, but primary school here in Austria is very Catholic, and I always knew when the little one had been smuggled into a Religious Education class (she was supposed to go into one of the parallel classes during that hour, but for logistical reasons this sometimes wasn't possible) because I'd catch her singing "Gods makes the rain," in the bath and get all cross and have to explain to her that even if they were taught this at school it didn't necessarily mean it was true.

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