…in memoriam: the tolling of the Navy bell

Whenever anyone mentions the tolling of church bells, I always think of John Donne’s famous Meditation 17, which contains the line “ask not for whom the bell tolls.” This gives some indication of what tolling church bells would have signified before, and during, the time period in which Fever 1793 is set. While church bells would toll frequently—to indicate that it was time to come to church for mass; to celebrate a wedding; to celebrate…

This is Memorial Weekend. The tolling is that of the Navy bell.

A time of remembrance. A time to honor that ultimate

sacrifice. A time to reflect on our heroes from wars long gone, some forgotten,

some faraway, some close by — we remember all. The veterans are our heroes who gave their service.