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I Didn’t Know We Had A King

April 21, 2014


If you’re of a certain age and found yourself, shall we say, with limited social options in your adolescence, you can probably quote just about every line of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In one of my favorite scenes, King Arthur explains to two peasants how it came to pass that he was to rule over them.

 ARTHUR:  How do you do, good lady.  I am Arthur, King of the Britons.

Who’s castle is that?

WOMAN:  King of the who?

ARTHUR:  The Britons.

WOMAN:  Who are the Britons?

ARTHUR:  Well, we all are. we’re all Britons and I am your king.

WOMAN:  I didn’t know we had a king.  I thought we were an autonomous

DENNIS:  You’re fooling yourself.  We’re living in a dictatorship.

A self-perpetuating autocracy in which the working classes–

WOMAN:  Oh there you go, bringing class into it again.

DENNIS:  That’s what it’s all about…

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