Monday, April 26, 2010

Gray-Malkin's Post MacBeth Career

Gray-Malkin used to have a good job.  Well, a steady job.  Gray-Malkin was the first witch's familar, or cat, in MacBeth.  He hung out with a toad named Paddock. 

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You remember:



FIRST WITCH
When shall we three meet again?
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?


SECOND WITCH
When the hurly-burly’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won.


THIRD WITCH
That will be ere the set of sun.


FIRST WITCH
Where the place?


SECOND WITCH
Upon the heath.


THIRD WITCH
There to meet with Macbeth.





FIRST WITCH
I come, Graymalkin!


SECOND WITCH
Paddock calls.

THIRD WITCH
Anon.



ALL
Fair is foul, and foul is fair
Hover through the fog and filthy air.
 
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But the final curtain rings down all all plays, both bad and good.  And when that final curtain came, it was time for Gray-Malkin to find a new steady gig.

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He tried out a number of positions.

Rat Catcher for the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

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Using trickery and deceit to gain power, wealth, and the hand of a princess in marriage for his penniless and low-born master in Puss and Boots.


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Catching mice for Dick Whittington.

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The cat who saved Lorelei from the giant.
 
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And even the pussycat who went to London to visit the Queen.

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But unemployment is up, an Gray-Malkin is poring over the classified ads again.  He's wiling to settle on your hearth and eat whatever gourmet cat food you choose for him. 

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Just look for him on Craig's List.

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