Sunday, October 14, 2007

Verily, Agatha

In Lennie Lower's classic novel, Here's Luck, Agatha Gudgeon is the nagging wife of Jack Gudgeon, and mother to Stanley Gudgeon. She takes off soon after the book begins, leaving the blokes to themselves.

In W C Fields movie The Bank Dick, Agatha is again the nagging wife against W C Fields' male protagonist.

In P G Wodehouse's series of Jeeves books, the protagonist, Bertie Wooster, has an Aunt Agatha who is always trying to get him to marry. He says of her:

"My Aunt Agatha, the one who chews broken bottles and kills rats with her teeth."

"Aunt Agatha, who eats broken bottles and wears barbed wire next to the skin."

"When Aunt Agatha wants you to do a thing you do it, or else you find yourself wondering why those fellows in the olden days made such a fuss when they had trouble with the Spanish Inquisition."

"Aunt Agatha, the one who kills rats with her teeth and devours her young."

"My Aunt Agatha who eats broken bottles and is strongly suspected of turning into a werewolf at the time of the full moon."

Just what did all these people have against Agatha, anyway?


Tim said...

Don't forget Principal Skinner's mother. Hardly an advertisement for the joys of Agathahood.

alexis said...

I don't think many people are going to get the "virile agitur" allusion, despite "sneerily agitur". Just a spot too esoteric.

TimT said...

A - true, but now it's been pointed out... I'd be more than happy though if one or two Old Skool readers got it. As it were. Harrumph.

T - Kinda proves the iconic quality of The Simpsons, I reckon, that the writers are able to pick up on an old comedy idea like that.

Caz said...

What have you got against the Edna's of the world?

(I believe there was an Agatha and an Edna in Bewitched, if memory serves.)

nailpolishblues said...

Wasn't the Agatha in Bewitched super-scatty?
Endora reminds me of my grandmother only, of course, Endora actually had a heart.

Kathy said...

No that was Aunt Clara.
Aunt Hagatha(not agatha) was the serious grey haired aunt.

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