Le trèfle

Clover in English or Tréfle in French is the name of a plant of several species. The name comes from the Latin word Trifolium. “Tri” means three and “Folium” means leaf or the three leaves plant. Clovers occasionally have four leaflets, instead of the usual three. It is very rare and considered a symbol of luck. “If a man walking in the fields find any four-leaved grass, he shall in a small while after finding some good thing” These words from Sir John Melton, written in 1620, appear to be the first literary documentation of what early people thought about four-leaf clovers. The four-leaf clover is a universally recognized symbol of good luck, but the symbolism of four-leaf clovers has deep roots in both religious and pagan histories. It is believed that early Egyptians also used to present newlyweds with four-leaf clovers to bless the marriage. Each of the four leaves has a meaning, the first three are Hope, Faith, and Love while the Fourth stands for Luck. If you continue walking Fouad street, before the mosque of Attain, you would find this shop on your left. Painted in red and white colors. The façade is adorned with Arabic calligraphy, one is “Al-Tréfle” and the other is “Eau de cologne”. In between, we can see the trèfle logo (only three leaves) and the name in French inside. The vitrine is always clean and displays cheap perfumes and eau de cologne. Despite this shop front attracts lots of pass Byers, who wonder why it is still open, I have never seen anyone inside except for one lady who manages the shop. It seems that the missing fourth leave from the logo had taken away the good luck.

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