"Punch & Judy (ret.)" © wood engraving (ed. 35) image: 3.5 x 4.75 in. $60.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)

The first verse of this nursery rhyme teaches the value of aggression. It teaches the little darlin's that, if you don't get what you want from someone, strike out and attack them and you'll get what you want. And it goes on in the second verse to teach the value of intimidation and threats. Here, we have Punch, who still enjoys the thrill of aggression and intimidation, and poor Judy who bears the scars of his abuse and who does not appreciate the humour in this.



Punch and Judy

Fought for a pie,

Punch gave Judy

A blow in the eye.


Says Punch to Judy,

Will you have more?

Says Judy to Punch,

My eye is sore.


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