Tuesday, October 6, 2015

stampeding cattle

And then thinking some more about, How do we, as Protestants, become aware of Catholic traditions and works...?

My earliest impressions in this area came from the Madeline books, done by Ludwig Bemelmans:  Madeline was in a girls' school, and their teacher and chaperone, Miss Clavel, looked pleasant and in charge, and because of the habit she wore, appeared to my pre-school point of view, to have no feet. 

Though I didn't see that as a problem -- she seemed to sort of glide around, through the books' pages, and -- preside.

In an old house in Paris
That was covered with vines
Lived twelve little girls
In two straight lines.
They left the house at half-past-nine
In two straight lines, in rain or shine.
The smallest one was Madeline.


Tiptoeing with solemn face,
With some flowers and a vase...


And then, a decade-plus later, that scene in Blazing Saddles when people are signing up to join a band of villains -- they have to give their villainous qualification -- Cleavon Little offers his:  "Stampeding cattle."

Harvey Korman

is doubtful:  "That's not much of a crime"

and Little adds,
"...Through the Vatican?"

Harvey Korman [smiling] --
"Kinky.  Sign here."


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