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Thread #44796   Message #2726447
Posted By: MGM·Lion
18-Sep-09 - 10:56 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Spanish Lady
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Spanish Lady
I have always taken it as just a corruption of "Paddy Squaddy' = Irish common soldier, for whom indeed she would have been 'no match' if she would have made a wife for the Provost Marshall, who was rich enough to be 'drunk on brandy and claret wine' (tho why that should recommend him to a young woman I have never quite grasped)..

Re counting backwards — notoriously witches would cast spells by reciting things [eg The Lord's Prayer] backwards. I have always taken the backward counting [which audiences love, once they have grasped it, when you have told them "The chorus is very simple: all you have to be able to do is count — backwards!"] to be a symbol of the spell she was casting on him. Perhaps, with her foreignness, inveigling but vagarious ways, &c, we are meant to take it that she actually is a witch?