Diana's inscription in my book
In case you can't quite make it out (click on the picture to see a bigger version), it says:
"For Karen, my most thoughtful and generous Aedile Curule!"
What's an Aedile Curule? That was a title bestowed on me by Birdie on Compuserve in September, 2011:
I move that Karen be elected Aedile here and now....I was sitting with the Oxford Latin Desk Dictionary within arm's reach and here's the nitty-gritty on "aedile" specifically, "aedile curule", which I think fits Karen's role to a T.Diana has been jokingly referring to me as Aedile, or Aedile Curule, ever since. I like it, even if it's difficult to say. It really does fit my role on the forum very well. I'm told, by the way, by my friend Zan Marie (who used to teach Latin), that it's pronounced "eye-dih-leh ku-ru-leh".
"aediles curules...held joint responsibility for the care of the fabric and the people of the city, its corn supply and its public games."
Not every [forum] is so fortunate to have someone as dedicated and capable as is Karen to serve as its Aedile Curule.
I hope all of you are enjoying THE SCOTTISH PRISONER as much as I am! I started my second re-read on Thursday and I intend to spend quite a bit of time reading this weekend.
If you'd like an autographed copy of THE SCOTTISH PRISONER, either for yourself or as a gift for the OUTLANDER fan on your list, just contact the Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ. The Poisoned Pen is Diana Gabaldon's local independent bookstore, and they ship all over the world.