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THE ROLE OF CATS IN NURSERY RHYMES
by Sarah Hartwell
As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives;
Every wife had seven sacks;
Every sack had seven cats;
Every cat had seven kits.
its, cats, sacks and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?
Of course, this is a riddle as well as a nursery rhyme. The accepted answer is that only one person was going to St Ives (a place in Cornwall). The party comprising man, wives, cats and kittens were coming away from St Ives. Some might argue that the all parties were travelling towards St Ives and the lone traveller overtook the more heavily encumbered party, in which case the seven times table and some simple addition will provide the answer.