No-one, after the twelfth hour has struck, can claim a debt, or even make the slightest allusion to it. You now only hear the words of peace and good-will; everybody fraternizes with everybody. Those who were just before on the point of twisting their neighbor's neck, now twine their friendly arms about it.
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Source Notes: William Hazlitt and ed. Paul Pelliot, vol. 2. (1928). Huc describes the misery and tension as the year winds down and people struggle to clear their accounts. He then notes the abrupt change brought about by the New Year custom of forgiveness.
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