Mighty Red Pen

January 22, 2007

Wherefore art thou?

Filed under: At home with MRP — mighty red pen @ 9:05 pm

Mighty Red Pen and Mister MRP, discussing upcoming transitions in the life of D., age 9 1/2 months, and never missing a moment to make a literary allusion.

MRP: D. and his friends Cameron, Ellie, and Michael will all be moving up to the next classroom at daycare soon.

Mister: He and Ellie better be moving up at the same time. [pause] What are the names of the two lovers that speak to each other through the walls?

[silence while we both think this over]

Mister: Tristan . . . ?

MRP: Pyramus and Thisbe.

Mister: Oh yeah. Shakespeare.



  1. That’s what happens when two English majors get married and have babies.

    Comment by Gopher — January 23, 2007 @ 10:40 am | Reply

  2. I feel the need to clarify my thinking so that people don’t think that I think Pyramus and Thisbe are Shakespeare’s characters. They are, of course, mythological figures whose story is acted out in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
    And yes, this is a typical conversation at our dinner table where allusions to the great works of art and literature are a side dish to the main course of always-sophisticated and ever-witty conversation. No wonder, Sam keeps leaving the table. Thank God he hasn’t mastered the art of rolling his eyes.

    Comment by Mister MRP — January 24, 2007 @ 10:39 am | Reply

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