Dustsceawung
Reflection on the remains of the past as a way of emphasising the transience of life was such a common theme in Old English literature that they had a special word for this motif: Dustsceawung, 'contemplation of the dust.'

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This slightly macabre letter opener once belonged to Charles Dickens. Inscribed on the blade are the words, ‘C.D. In Memory of Bob 1862.’ Bob was Dickens’ pet cat, and it is his paw which forms the handle of the letter opener.
On display at the New York Public Library.

This slightly macabre letter opener once belonged to Charles Dickens. Inscribed on the blade are the words, ‘C.D. In Memory of Bob 1862.’ Bob was Dickens’ pet cat, and it is his paw which forms the handle of the letter opener.

On display at the New York Public Library.

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