This autograph by Antoine Biétrix contains anecdotes in patois which he collected and wrote down himself. The short stories give the people of Bonfol a terrible reputation. Even if the stories don't concern the people of Bonfol directly, they are attributed to them, undoubtedly because the name of the village lends itself to such.
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The Jewish community on the ‘British Rock of Gibraltar' reached its height in the 19th century. At the time this marriage contract (ketubbah) was produced, most of Gibraltar's retail trade was conducted by the local Sephardic community. By the second half of the 19th century, Gibraltar developed its own characteristic type of marriage contract decoration, with large pieces of parchment ornamented in bright colors. The present ketubbah, of which an identical but later copy is preserved at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (accession n. B72.1066 179/244H, see Sh. Sabar, Mazal Tov: Illuminated Jewish Marriage Contracts from the Israel Museum Collection, Jerusalem: The Israel Museum, 1993), is framed on either side by garlands of flowers, a luxurious red bow at the bottom and surmounted by a crown, which is reminiscent of the Torah crown, however modeled here on the British royal crown. Three other typical motifs of these Gibraltar ketubbot are the initial word of the traditional Jewish wedding day in Gibraltar, Wednesday (ברביעי), enlarged in gold lettering; the sum of the dowry and increment is a factor of eighteen, a number that is also the propitious word ‘Ḥai' (חי) – ‘life', written here in monumental letters sticking out of the small cursive script and lastly, the ornamental monogram in Latin letters at bottom center, which is comprised here of E C B, referring to the bridal couple's first (Elido and Jimol) and last initials (Ben Atar/ Benatar). Elido (אלידו), son of Isaiah, son of the late Ḥaim, called Ben Atar (בן עתר) is marrying the bride Jimol (ג'ימול), daughter of Joseph, son of the late David, called Qazes (קאזיס), whose dowry is 600 Pesos Fuertes (פיזוס פואירטיס) worth of clothing, jewelry and bed linen and incremented by 600 Pesos Fuertes as a gift, to which is added a piece of land measuring 400 cubits and an additional 600 Pesos Fuertes; the total obligation is 1800 Pesos Fuertes.
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