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Friendship

Volume XIV, Number 2 | spring 2021

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In his Muqaddimah, the fourteenth-century Arab historian Ibn Khaldun describes talismans that make use of “the loving numbers” 220 and 284 to create the perfect union between friends or lovers. Two effigies are created, and the larger number is placed on the effigy of “the person whose friendship is sought.” The result of this “magical operation,” he explains, is a connection between the two such that “one is hardly able to break away from the other.”

Friendship is not possible between two women, one of whom is very well dressed.

—Laurie Colwin, 1978

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