Nov. 5th, 2012

the_new_scriblerus_club: (Martinus)

Good Evening Revellers, and welcome to the Wentworth House Fireworks Display!  I would like to reflect, if I may, on why we are shivering here on this drizzly Autumn Night.  

Last Week I was stuffing the Guy outside Wentworth House, when a Tourist from Northern Ireland, who had somehow not heard of Guy Fawkes Night, asked me what I was doing.  "Why, preparing an Effigy for the good People of Britain to hate and burn" I replied.  He was shocked that such a Practice existed in a civilised Country.  "Worry not", I explained, "it is a Tradition."  He was not convinced.  "Do not underestimate Tradition!" I told him.  "Tradition keepeth the Royals wealthy, the Corporations powerful, and the People in wage-slavery.  Tradition is the Antidote to Reason."  He could not deny this.  Then he wanted to know who, of all People, deserved such Vilification and imagined Torture? "Why, Guy Fawkes, of course! an evil Man who plotted to destroy the British King and Government!"  This did not seem such a Crime to the Irishman.  "It developed from an older Tradition", I explained, "of burning an Effigy of the Pope, and beating Catholics."  This seemed to satisfy him because he had nothing more to say.
 

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