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Date: Monday, January 1, 2001 
Question/Topic: Legend of the Jonquil 
Answer/Pointer: Years ago, springtime in southern France mean the reappearance of a wandering minstrel, know as Jongleur. The merry tunes he played on his quill, a trumpet-like instrument, heralded the coming of spring and brought joy to old and young alike. One spring, at the end of his visit, he went through each village handing his friends tiny flower bulbs, asking that they be planted upon his departure. The following spring he did not appear at all. The villagers were delighted, however, to find hundreds of bright yellow flowers springing up everywhere. The trumpet-shaped blossoms reminded the villagers of the quill Jongleur had always played, and so they named the flower Jon's Quill. They came to look forward to the appearance of these cheery blossoms every spring, as eagerly as they had looked forward to Jongleur's visits. Through the years the flower acquired the name of Jonquil, and some folks say if you put it to your ear and listen very hard, you just might be able to her the merry tunes of the wandering minstrel. 
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