"the other woman (ret)" © wood engraving (ed. 30) image: 3.5 x 5 in. $90.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)

I imagined each nursery rhyme character was a real person and this rhyme is no exception. I can't begin to imagine the reason the two women got up in the apple tree in the first place. Mother Goose didn't seem to know either. Nor can I imagine the reason the "other" woman stayed there until Saturday, after her companion had the good sense to leave the tree.

 

OH, DEAR!

Dear, dear! what can the matter be?

Two old women got up in an apple tree;

One came down, and the other stayed till Saturday.

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