NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition

Mary Mary quite contrary
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How does your garden grow?
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With silver bells and cockle shells
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And pretty maids all in a row. . . .

4 comments:

Mel said...

Asked him, though he sports a t-shirt with that on it so I'm kinda semi-aware of the meaning.

I always know when he's Mr. Grumpypants--the t-shirt comes outta the closet...LOL

'Shot said...

What about those of us who don't have a himself to ask?

*sits in the corner and pouts*

katherine. said...

all I can think of is Monty Python...but the photos don't match...

I, like the view, still said...

the children's nursery rhyme "Mary Mary quite contrary" came from a period in English History when a Spanish royal (Mary) had married into the English royal family. . .

it was a time of inquisition (the dreaded "Spanish Inquisition")(hence my use of the MP phrase), torture and death

the poem refers to death by guillotine or being burnt at the stake, torture in the form of thumb-screws and gential mutilation, and the "pretty maids all in a row" are the growing numbers of the gravestones of the dead. . .

(I hope you ticked the "subscribe to comments box" cos I meant to reply to this straight away, but didn't - apologies katherine X)