In the book "The Cat Who Walks Through Walls" , Dr. Richard Ames in conversation with Rabbi Ezra 'claims Three Days' on being informed that he was wanted for murder. Rabbi was trying to get hired as Ames' attorney instead of claiming the ransom.

p. 192 1st edition 1985

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Based on context, and that later Rabbi Ezra mentions it in context of Ames asking if Ezra said anything to a visitor, it sounds like there is a tradition where you can ask someone for a period of time before they go to the authorities.

"Rabbi, I don't think you would anyhow; you're too much the old Loonie. You're simply trying to chivvy me into hiring you. Mmm. I claim the Three Days."


"Interesting. Did you send him to ask me who was offering a reward for you and the amount of the reward?" "I certainly did not! Did you tell him anything?" "My dear sir! You asked for the traditional Three Days."

My text search of the book doesn't bring up any other cases where it's capitalized like that, so I don't think there really is a further explanation. It's just a plot device.

  • I had just gotten to that paragraph 😃.
    – Stevko
    Commented Mar 11, 2023 at 4:34
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    I'm thinking it must be some tradition going back to before revolution times.
    – Stevko
    Commented Mar 11, 2023 at 4:39
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    @Stevko Since we're referring to "Loonies" here, it's possible the answer will be found in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
    – Spencer
    Commented Mar 11, 2023 at 14:42
  • @Spencer: Good idea, but I'm coming up with nothing on my search on the text.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Mar 11, 2023 at 16:42

It is possible that it is a reference to Jesus having risen from the dead on the third day.


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