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Most Significant

"He gave many flies to one spider and many spiders to one bird, and then wanted a cat to eat the many birds. What would have been his later steps?"

(Before we all start humming a certain children's song and wondering at Seward's obtuseness, I should point out that the earliest version of "I Know an Old Lady..." seems to have been written sometime around 1947.)

Renfield, who clearly had something of a classical education, perhaps planned to ascend the Great Chain of Being by consuming his way to the top: first flies, then spiders, then sparrows, then cats, on up to humans. Perhaps his goal was to become a demon (some versions of the Great Chain place demons just above humans), an angel, or even a god?


Bryan Alexander

Good call, MS.

(My favorite memory of that song is a punk version. Can't find it now.)

Most Significant

Can there be more than one punk version?


I enjoyed it, to my surprise.

Bryan Alexander

I think that was the one!
Ah, memories of the early 1980s.

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