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THE CAT AND THE PUDDING STRING

THE ROLE OF CATS IN NURSERY RHYMES
by Sarah Hartwell

Sing, sing, what shall I sing?
The cat’s run away with the pudding string,
Do, do, what shall I do?
The cat’s run away with the pudding too.

Sing, sing, what shall I sing?
Cat’s run away with the pudding-string!
Do, do, what shall I do?
The cat has bitten it quite in two.

Sing sing, what shall I sing?
The cat has eat[en] the pudding-string!
Do, do, what shall I do?
The cat has bit[ten] it quite in two.

In this day of convenience foods and microwave or canned puddings, it is easy to forget how steamed or boiled puddings used to be made. In many cases, a ball of raw pudding mix went into a muslin square and the muslin was gathered up and tied shut. The result was a spherical pudding. The alternative was to steam the pudding in a pudding basin with a foil lid tied on with string. In either case, the trailing string would have been irresistible to a playful cat. A cat that dragged the pudding string away might well have found the pudding still attached, much to cook’s dismay! An alternative version has the cat biting the pudding string in half. The third variation is even more nonsensical as it has the cat biting the string in two after eating it.

May 25, 2008 at 3:24 pm Leave a comment


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