Archie and Mehitabel

The title of the blog of August 28, “Time, Time Said Old King Tut . . .” is from the rhyme

Time, time, said old King Tut,
is something I’ve got nothing but.

It is from the book “Archie and Mehitabel” by Don Marquis that my sister convinced me to read back in high school.  The book is a collection of stories supposedly written by Archie the cockroach that appeared in Don Marquis’s newspaper columns beginning in 1916.

As the story goes, Don leaves a sheet of paper in his typewriter one night and in the morning finds the commentary all typed by Archie.  Archie does it by jumping from the top of the typewriter onto a key, his weight being just enough to activate it.  He then laboriously climbs up and does it again, over and over, one letter at a time.  His only problem is that he cannot hold down the shift key, so there are no capital letters or special characters.  I’ll write the rest of this like Archie to give you the flavor:

archie who is a reincarnated free verse poet tells of daily life from the underside as he puts it  mehitabel is an aging female cat friend who has been around the block more than once but who has not given up on life and whose often repeated byword is toujours gai  i believe the story of archie and mehitabel was made into a broadway musical with eddie bracken as archie and carol channing as mehitabel  because I remember a recording of the songs  one of mehitabel s songs has the verse

be a tabby tame if you want
somebody s pussy and pet
the life I led was the life I liked
and there s pep in the old dame yet

just imagine carol channing singing that to me she is always mehitabel and not dolly minor characters are an assortment of fleas spiders rats and lightening bugs the stories are adult and definitely not disney cute although by adult i do not mean pornographic

my youth i shall never forget
but there s nothing i really regret
wotthehell wotthehell
there s a dance in the old dame yet
toujours gai toujours gai

im sure i heard one of our female classmates sing that at our reunion


About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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