November 24th is the Feast Day of Saint Mugatti, patron of writing desks. Mugatti was a furniture maker who served the Monastery of Saint Curlicue, the famed manuscript illuminator. As the great saint slowly lost his eye sight, Mugatti built him a desk that could be raised ever closer to his nose. It had dozens of candle holders and was fitted exactly to Curlicue's proportions. Mugatti was credited by the saint as "the architect of my earthly success." And was duly canonized upon his death. His family, who knew that the furniture maker was fond of wine, women, and even occasionally song, found this all very amusing.

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