Banquet of the Ten Virgins continues, as Tusiane talks about the spiritual meaning of the etrog (citron) and the Feast of Tabernacles.
Other than the theology of the body stuff and the generalized talk about virtues and chastity being for everybody, I don’t really understand who this talk is pointed at — unless there was some kind of Judaizing fad for camping out. A lot of the fun stuff from the Feast of Tabernacles ended up being incorporated (in the East) in the festivities for the Feast of the Transfiguration (the events of which took place during said Feast of Tabernacles) or the Birth of St. John the Baptist. (Though that may be a case of similar materials and climates leading to similar party games.) Maybe Methodius was writing during that week. Maybe it’s just ’cause the banquet was framed as being held outdoors under a tree.
CORRECTION! This Methodius is not the “Cyril and Methodius” one! The Apostles to the Slavs were sent out from Constantinople under Emperor Basil I, when Charlemagne was already dead. Oh, the historical embarrassment!
This Methodius is called “St. Methodius of Olympus”. He died a martyr, possibly in AD 311. His feast day is September 18th.