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October 3, 2016
Posted at 10:36 am

The Caveman--Chapters 50-51

The "ring-ring-a-lingle" quote is from the song "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" in the musical Kismet, by the way. As for Celia's potty practices, that's a rough paraphrase of a verse written by Jonathan Swift, he of "Gulliver's Travels" fame.
Lest someone think I'm making outrageous sport of religion with my presentation of the preacher who refuses to marry Linda and Hugo because they're living together, this actually occurred to a young couple I knew, including the directive that they separate for six months before he'd consider performing the ceremony. I've been known to say of doctors whom I've found especially inept that "somebody had to finish last in medical school," but this was the first time I ever had the same thought about a seminary. Think about it, though. The same truth applies to lawyers, plumbers and every other discipline that requires specialized education; once beyond the confines of the school, every graduate has equal standing regardless of his or her ranking in the graduating class-a somewhat scary prospect.