||Re: It's a Scottish surname . . .
||Anneza (guest, 184.108.40.206)
||February 8, 2006 at 12:07:32 AM
||It's a Scottish surname . . . by Chrisell
Gilbert and Sullivan:
Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd
His leisure and his riches
He ruthlessly employed
In persecuting witches...
(It goes on. As you can imagine ...)
It's also pronounced, or it is in G&S: Rivven. So that gorgeous pun on Ruthven/ruthless is only visual, and the theatre audience would be likely to miss it. But man, those guys were good!
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