"Tom of Islington (ret)" © wood engraving (ed. 30) image: 3.5 x 4.5 in. $90.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)

Anyone looking for the source of spousal abuse should look no further than Mother Goose. Can you imagine some cute little boy, raised on nursery rhymes such as this, respecting the rights of others when he grows up? Neither can I; so I've imagined a retired Tom, getting what he deserves.

TOM, TOM, OF ISLINGTON

Tom, Tom, of Islington,

Married a wife on Sunday,

Brought her home on Monday,

Bought a stick on Tuesday,

Beat her well on Wednesday,

Sick she was on Thursday,

Dead she was on Friday;

Glad was Tom on Saturday night,

To bury his wife on Sunday.

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