Friday, July 25, 2014

A Little Romance -Postcard Friendship Friday #230

At first I was a baffled as to what this postcard was all about.  To call someone a Benedict, here in America, has never been a compliment.

It all goes back to the Revolutionary War.  During the war, Benedict Arnold, who was a member of the Sons of Liberty, rose to the rank of general in the Continental Army.  But Benedict became a spy for the British.  When his treachery was discovered, Arnold defected to the British side.  He was considered a traitor of the worst degree.

But then I discovered an interesting fact.  In times past, a Benedict was also described as a newly married man who has long been a bachelor. The term seems to have come from the name Benedick, a character in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.  The first use of a Benedict as a newly-married, long-time bachelor, was in 1821.

This postcard was especially intriguing, because it was addressed to a Miss Jensen, from one of her pupils.  One wonders what the story behind the postcard might be. 

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Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I've never heard of anyone, good or bad, being called a Benedict. It's a new one on me! :) It's a very cute card though so maybe the sender didn't think of the meaning.

Heather said...

Great history there and yes, I wonder about Miss Jensen and what happened there.