And now I scare the bejeezus out of you all, bwaaahhahahaha
Happy Halloween Zed!
Did you see the one the other day? One commenter said he went to docs’ office and sign on receptionist desk said “Witch Doctor?” to which he claimed to have responded he’d see the one who practiced western medicine.
I typed back: Given the state of U.S. medical industry, perhaps you made the wrong choice.
Read the Southern Dragon post so I thought I’d do something from the old days
This was based on a very short story Alasdair McBroom heard as a kid:
It is an adaptation of a brilliant story that I first heard when I was about eight years old and it scared the life out of me then. I like to think it’s based loosely on the legends of the Witches of Islandmagee in County Antrim, Northern Ireland (where it was filmed).
May the blessings of the Great Pumpkin be on you all!
scared me! Hi Things, that was a nice remembrance, alt the way through the thread.
I think you’re right. When my doctor found out I lost my insurance he fired me, via a registered letter.
What did pumpkin coach in Disney’s Cinderella symbolize?
Geez, Cruella di Vil.
Its funny but monsters after I was 5 didn’t scare me I thought they were cool. What scares me now is anyone who talks about free markets as the answer for every problem and Christian Conservatives who seem quite willing to burn my body at the stake to save my soul.
I admit I scare them by asking questions and pointing out facts.:)
Uh you got me on that one?
Here’s another Irish Ghost Story
Captain Tobias Black got what was coming to him
This hideous tale is not suitable for those who are easily shocked, or for those who are of a nervous disposition.
Captain Tobias Black had been warned to avoid any damage to the ancient cairn which stood on his newly purchased Woodville* estate. The ignorant Captain Black, however, took an axe and swiftly cut down the May tree whose gnarled roots had pushed through the cairn’s stones over countless years.
Internet to the rescue.
This angelic power is evidenced by the symbolism of turning a pumpkin into a carriage, mice into horses and her rags into a beautiful gown. Pumpkins are foodstuffs and “goods,” Therefore, the fairy godmother’s turning a pumpkin into a coach, represents turning goodness into doctrine or vehicle to carry one through life.
Not that I believe it, but it’s a story.
what, no candy?
Local labourers wanted nothing to do with the construction of the Captain’s new mansion so it was arranged that a team of workers and craftsmen would be dispatched from England. Perhaps as a sign of the sorry events which would later occur, their vessel was caught in the Great Storm of 1839 and all crew and passengers drowned.
Many months later, another group of workers eventually arrived at Woodville* and soon the cairn and the ancient tomb within it, were obliterated, making way for the mansion house to begin to take shape. The workers, however, never seemed to stay for more than a few months and construction was painfully slow. It was a little over a decade later that Woodville House* was finally complete. Just as the Great Famine was taking grip on the surround countryside, Captain Black moved in with his new bride, Elizabeth.
The annotations for the Cinderella fairy tale are below. Sources have been cited in parenthetical references, but I have not linked them directly to their full citations which appear on the Cinderella Bibliography page. I have provided links back to the Annotated Cinderella to facilitate referencing between the notes and the tale.
29. Pumpkin: Besides being a suitable shape for a carriage, a pumpkin has several symbolic meanings beyond Halloween imagery. A pumpkin symbolizes feminine containment, the moon, witches, and a charm against evil spirits (Olderr 1986).
Return to place in story.
Not sure how something can symbolize both symbolizes feminine containment, and the moon and witches.
The Moon and Witches are not examples of contained females. Gotta go:)
HS classmate wrote a book on literary symbols but pumpkin not included.
The Great Famine brought terrible hardship to his tenants. The Captain, however, ruthlessly enforced his collection of rent and anybody who could not pay was, promptly, evicted. More than a dozen times, groups of famished men and women with crying children were reduced to seeking refuge in hedges and under trees. Woodville House and its occupants became a focus for community hatred and it wasn’t long before the tenants formed a plan. A hag was brought from the country and employed to practise her foul arts and bring an end to Captain Tobias Black.
I like that interpretation better.
All seems like hocus pocus to me.
Here’s one of ice “tempus fugit”?
The first recorded deaths were Elizabeth and her unborn child; she apparently tripped on the staircase and broke her neck in the fall. The Captain took his own life three days later. His body was found swinging from a balcony, his head almost severed by his makeshift noose.
Shakespeare 3 witches.
The Captain’s two brothers, Edward and Charles, arranged for the bodies to be interred into what would become the Woodville Graveyard, a few hundred metres west of the house, in a patch of land that overlooked the River Liffey.
“double double, toil and trouble” me and my two friends were the witches in a class play
Within six months both Edward and Charles had joined their brother in the graveyard; Edward killed by a fall from his horse and then Charles apparently suffering from heart failure. A relative inherited the estate, but wanted nothing to do with the house and arranged for it to be advertised to let in the national press. The advertisement ran for a number of months and eventually Mr Clement Scott signed a lease for the house, and took up residence with his wife Mabel, and their three daughters Alice, Elizabeth and Mary.
Elizabeth grew sick first, shortly followed by Alice and then their father. They were struck by vomiting then endless diarrhoea. Within days Elizabeth was dead. A doctor diagnosed cholera, suspecting that the well that supplied the house with drinking water was tainted by some kind of infection. He fought to save the lives of Alice and her father but by the end of the week they were also both dead. The grim bodies of all three members of the Scott family were interred in the graveyard behind the house. Mabel Scott and her only surviving daughter, Mary, fled to England, apparently saying that the house was cursed.
I suppose round stuff is supposed to be female symbol & long point stuff is supposed to be male symbol.
I must say that ice coach is spectacular.
Any pics of you in your costume?
The house was again advertised to let, but stories of the cursed Woodville House began to spread and there were no new tenants. The house was closed up and it was left for the grass, weeds and undergrowth to claim back for nature. It stayed like this for the next twenty years, falling into a gloomy state of abandonment. Tales of the curse were further propagated by frequent sightings of the ghastly spectre of the headless Captain Black. Sometimes he was seen riding his horse, as if patrolling his demesne, other times he stood on the road waiting beside the overgrown gateway that led to Woodville House. On one occasion, all six crew members of a barge travelling on the River Liffey witnessed the menacing apparition of the Captain and his two brothers standing on the river bank below the house. The three ghastly phantoms apparently pointed in turn at each member of the crew. On another occasion the path of two horse riders, who were crossing the Woodville estate, was blocked by the ghosts of Mr Scott and his two daughters.
sadly no, that I know of
In the early years of the twentieth century, Patrick O’Brien, his wife, Kate and their six year old son, James, became the last people to occupy Woodville House. On their third night inside the house, Patrick apparently strangled Kate in a fit of rage, then hung himself from the same balcony where Captain Black had taken his only life half a century earlier. The young James was found wandering on the road in a dazed state a few days later. Something had also apparently tried to strangle him, as indicated by the bruised marks of hands closing around his throat. James insisted that it was the headless Captain Black who had tried to end his earthly days. He was transferred to the Richmond District Lunatic Asylum, where he spent the rest of his life babbling about phantoms and demons.
The BoSox are World Champions…! First WS victory in Fenway since the Babe did it in 1918…! The Curse is totally reversed…! ;-)
Woodville House was never again occupied. The Land Commission took control of the estate, the land was divided amongst local farmers and the fields quickly ploughed up.
Nobody wanted anything to do with the house. It was abandoned and left to its ghosts.
© by Tarquin Blake, Abandoned Ireland – a wonderfully eerie website
Sleepy Hollow & Ichabod Crane, not too far from me.
I think I scared Things away
I saw a pic of the cops ready for the celebration O.o
Hot town tonight!
Whoo! That’s some story, Elliott! Haven’t watched the video – watching the post-game inanities (but fun!) of the World Series – Red Sox WIN!!!
Ireland is a kewl place. I’ve been there only for a weekend & a few other biz meetings, but it has a charm (heh) to be sure.
always scared me! I always think of it from gthe animation (Disney?) – some of my people are from near there back then
it’s a shortie
the water’s dirty
My link is Disney version I think. Started it up on another window, still have it going (32 minutes) but it’s the one I remember. Narrator/singer sounds like Bing Crosby.
never been, sorry to say – but my father’s side is all from Ireland, but here & Canada before the famine
Bing – that I didn’t remember
This summer’s tomato blight is the same tomato/potato blight that caused famine. Spores can travel 30 miles.
Had a wonderful weekend in Ireland. Went horseback riding at a stables not far from Dublin, all stone stables & building, had dinner on Sunday night with saleswoman who covered accounts in a castle just outside of Dublin.
Another biz trip, dinner meeting in Dublin, clients (maybe 6 men) suggested we take a nightcap at a nearby pub. There was an Irish poet peddling his self-published book. Clients bought one, autographed, for me.
Think I got best questions in all locations in Dublin. Something free spirited about it.
For racist Darwin, Irish were at the bottom of the 42 races he innumerated.
Send mean email!
NO edit Send me an email.
The other amazing thing about Dublin Ireland is that it extraordinarily warmed by the Gulf Stream. On the January weekend I was there, the grass was green & growing. I asked the taxi driver if that were normal & he said yes, had to cut grass all winter long.
damn you autocorrect!
great story, elliot! just the thing for getting in the mood for halloween.
Well goodnight all – Ill be dreaming of that greenery –
or maybe dancing skeletons:
MAY YOUR CANDY BE GOOD and PLENTIFUL
I don’t think I have your email addy, bb…! Do you have Suz’s or Ellie’s…? Or do you have mine…?
sleep tight! heh heh heh
Sweet dreams, Ellie…!
you too! niters.
Then there were the Salem Witch Trials.
Thought the movie, though Hollywood, was well done.
Can’t forget that Miller’s play was an allegory for McCarthyism.
My son was in a performance of it in his HS.
Nightie Ellie & thanks for hosting & ghosting.
A Silly Symphony! Loved ‘em as a kid, when they were actually on Saturday morning cartoon shows, and love’em still. So clever.
G’nite Ellie, this was a lovely Halloween eve Late Night.
Check your inbox, bb…! ;-)
I do have mixed reservations about Meyssan’s reporting, but, it does ring true, eCAHN…! ;-)
No need to be definitive on such matters. All info illuminating.
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