Mighty Red Pen

January 23, 2007

Singing in the Rayn

Filed under: At home with MRP,Overseen — mighty red pen @ 7:39 pm

MRP picked up this fantastic umbrella at Building 19. If you don’t know Building 19, they sell a lot of merchandise rejected by other stores for being irregular or whatnot. This particular batch of umbrellas was evidently intended for Barnes and Noble. It has 25 literary quotations (or fragments thereof).

Here it is as modeled by S.


Here’s what’s so fantastic about the umbrella, in MRP’s opinion: it has typos! Here they misspelled “mariner” as in “Rime of the Ancient . . . ,” an otherwise wonderful poem that has given us one of the misused and overused lines, “Water, water, everywhere. . . ”


Here they misspelled “embroidered.” A gold star for the person who knows where this quotation is from. Reader, MRP must confess that Mister and I had to look it up.




  1. When I was on the “knowledge bowl” team in high school, this math guy always used to guess “Robert Frost” whenever a question involved a poet.

    I can’t think of many writers who would appear on that umbrella who would have used “fantastically.” And it looks like Dickens has the quote right afterward. I have no idea — I’ll guess Jules Verne and Oscar Wilde.

    Comment by mybabyisstuckattheUPSfacility — January 24, 2007 @ 1:50 pm | Reply

  2. You mean from their book “Twenty Thousands Leagues Under the Picture of Dorian Gray”?

    Comment by mightyredpen — January 24, 2007 @ 2:32 pm | Reply

  3. Oh, how you taunt me with your Bldg. 19 [which fraction?] swag when I am so far away! Are there any left? I’d gladly subsidize S&H to get my mitts on something so glorious. I’d be giggling helplessly ever time it rained.

    As for “fantastically embroideded,” perhaps the best Hawthorne gaffe since, well, I’m gonna have to go back to the “Demi Moore IS Hester Prynne” movie!

    Comment by cinetrix — January 24, 2007 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  4. I don’t know who said what, but all I’m saying is if you want S.’s Obsession with Julie Andrews to end, giving him an umbrella to model isn’t the way to do it, Mighty Red Poppins.

    Comment by Frida's Big Gay Dad — January 25, 2007 @ 12:33 pm | Reply

  5. Hey, nobody said anything about wanting to discourage Sam from doing his best Julie Andrews! But Mary Poppins is a good suggestion!

    Comment by mightyredpen — January 25, 2007 @ 3:11 pm | Reply

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