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considered favorable for grape growing.49 The need to have wine for Communion might well have been an impor- tant motivation for cultivating vineyards, but little wine was necessary for this purpose. Early medieval Christians rarely took Communion, and church authorities often suggested that three times a year was an accepta- ble minimum. If every Christian who turned up to Communion took a sip of wine, the volume required would still have been negligible. Cathedrals, religious houses, bishops, and other church entities and clergy produced far more wine than was

-rastet kr-rupnyi kr-r-rasnyi vinog-r-rad. [On the Ararat Mountain, large red grapes grow. Well?]” At first his jeers amazed me with their utter lack of logic. Why does he prompt me to pronounce some nonsense words with r sounds? What do I have to do with all this? To begin with, my name isn’t Shlyoma. Further- more, I don’t have di‹culty pronouncing the letter r. But Pashka’s intonations, so unnatural for the Russian speech—with f r i e n d s a n d e n e m i e s 1 0 3 howling at the end of each phrase—leave no doubt about what the target of his attacks is. He’s irritated