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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bean.
 
Every bean has its black. Nemo sine vitiis nas’citur, “everyone has his faults.” The bean has a black eye. (Ogni grano ha la sua semola.)   1
   He has found the bean in the cake, he has got a prize in the lottery, has come to some unexpected good fortune. The allusion is to twelfth cakes in which a bean is buried. When the cake is cut up and distributed, he who gets the bean is the twelfth-night king.   2
 


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