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30 May 2006, Comments Off on Mopping and Laughing

Mopping and Laughing

Author: Helen



Which of Henry VIII’s wives are you?
this quiz was made by Lori Fury



Congratulations! You are Katherine Parr.
Katherine Parr spent nearly her whole life married to crotchety old men: Henry was the THIRD old fart she was forced to marry. Is it any wonder she turned to books and religion to occupy her time?

Katherine wasn’t just smart, she was a tiny bit uppity, too: she almost got herself thrown in jail for arguing with His Royal Fatness about some theological issues. After Henry croaked, Katherine dropped the prim and proper act and married Thomas Seymour, a handsome, dashing pirate kind of guy who was also as dumb as a post.

Which goes to show you that even bookworms know how to get it on.

(Via Pavlov’s Cat)

Parr was a survivor, too. The survivor. I remember an old poem from my childhood, by Eleanor Farjeon:

(mumble mumble)…Katherine Parr,
Sixth and last and luckiest far,
for this time it was Henry who
Hopped the twig, and a good job too.

Googling for Eleanor Farjeon, I came across this:


“It’s all very well,” said Gypsy,” for us to be lighthearted in our own lives, and even in the comparatively grave matter of earning our living; but as well that we must remember that the world is full of crying evils . . .”
“What do the evils cry for?” asked Ginger.
“Reform,” said Gypsy.
“Then let’s reform them,” said Ginger. “But we needn’t cry along with them, need we? . . .”
“No,” he said . . . “It’s no use crying over spilt evils. It’s better to mop them up laughing.”

That’s a good thing to remember.

And while we’re on literary things: go and read Sarsaparilla, Laura of Sills Bend’s new group blog. I don’t know How She Does it…