The Toronto convent where lay anointers
are trained is the Mother House of the historic Sisterhood of St.
And in terms of the Markan narrative, what they do is to act like faithful followers (i.e., disciples), like servants (i.e., ministers), and like unfailing witnesses and anointers
now lie in bed, the women groaning with pleasure, and in his ears two names are ringing and his eyes are clouded like two windowpanes with two faces, 120 Clemency!
of the latter, like Teicher, will always convince themselves that somehow their determinations are objective.
286-287): "I have shown you who and what my uncle Yeshu really was, and what the infidel Anointers
have turned him into in the ninety-one years since his death" (the long quote below explains the use of "Anointers
" instead of "Christians").
Similarly, La colonna infame, the work that accompanied the 1842 edition of I promessi sposi (a damning account of the shoddy administration of justice in Lombardy under Spanish rule) is said to be "a historical tract" dealing with "the trial of the anointers
, the men whom the populace believed involved in a conspiracy to poison Milan with the plague" (4).
Besides reporting popular reactions to the contagion, the memoir chronicles the central drama of Alessandro Manzoni's version of the epidemic in I Promessi sposi: the popular belief that untori, or plague anointers
, were responsible for spreading the disease by means of unguents which they wiped on houses, city walls, and church pews.
Who anointed the anointers
who edit the magazines chattering to their own class?