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In the company of the Wolf- two sleepless nights and coughing fits

23 Jan

The hour of the wolf is the hour between night and dawn during which the wolf is said to lurk outside people’s doors (Between 3 and 5 AM)

The marketing tagline for a 1968 Ingmar Bergman horror film entitled Hour of the Wolf reads:

“The Hour of the Wolf is the hour between night and dawn. It is the hour when most people die, when sleep is deepest, when nightmares are most real. It is the hour when the sleepless are haunted by their deepest fear, when ghosts and demons are most powerful. The Hour of the Wolf is also the hour when most children are born.”[1]

In an episode of the science fiction television show Babylon 5 entitled “The Hour of the Wolf”, Commander Susan Ivanova says:

“Have you ever heard of the hour of the wolf? … It’s the time between 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning. You can’t sleep, and all you can see is the troubles and the problems and the ways that your life should’ve gone but didn’t. All you can hear is the sound of your own heart.”[2]

Ave Maris Stella

The Hour of the Wolf, “the time of utter suspension when nocturnal sounds have ceased and those of day not yet begun”, begins and concludes Ave Maris Stella (Hail, star of the sea), a 1975 composition for chamber ensemble by the English composer Peter Maxwell Davies. Davies exploits the tension between the moment of birth and of death in the piece by concluding with “a searing cry”. [3]Witching hour

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“Have you ever heard of the hour of the wolf? My father told me about it. It’s the time between 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning. You can’t sleep, and all you can see is the troubles and the problems and the ways that your life should’ve gone but didn’t. All you can hear is the sound of your own heart. I’ve been living in the hour of the wolf for seven days, Lyta. Seven days. The wolf and I are now on a first-name basis. In times like this, my father used to take one large glass of vodka before bed. To keep the wolf away, he said. And then he would take three very small drinks of vodka, just in case she had cubs while she was waiting outside. It doesn’t work.”

—Susan Ivanova – The Hour of the Wolf- Babylon 5 Season 4

the wolf

I’ve spent nearly four days in the company of a whole pack of Wolves. Not the cute ones you see in The Jungle Book, the other kind.  Two restless, sleepless nights and grey days when all I’ve felt is a pain in my chest, constant coughing and sneezing and feeling woozy and miserable.  Tuesday morning I was reminded of the quote from Babylon 5, so looked up a few others.   It sums up the last few days, feverish and snivelly, not even sleeping properly, having to sit up in bed all the time.  It’s been a bit boring, to be honest.  Have watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets again, easily my favourite of both books and film adaptations. The Line “You’re in for a rough night Potter” by Madame Pomfrey after Lockhart makes his bone disappear from his arm easily sums up the last few nights.

So, how do you endure another night of the Wolf then?  I reckon you just get your shotgun ready and blow him away (metaphorically speaking of course, since, as far as I’m aware, there are no actual Wolves around here!)

And soup and paracetamol, Satsuma’s and tea with honey!

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2 responses to “In the company of the Wolf- two sleepless nights and coughing fits

  1. JOnKEnna

    January 27, 2013 at 12:37 am

    I am a bit of an insomniac so am often awake for Wolf Hour. Everything seems grim and hopeless at that time. I wish I lived in a big city where it feels like there’s other people awake too. I hate looking out of the window and seeing each and every window in the street in darkness. Then there’s that moment when you hear a bird chirrup and you know the game’s up. Hope the cough gets better!

     

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