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Subject: Re: It's a Scottish surname . . .
Author: Anneza   (guest, 155.232.250.35)
Date: February 8, 2006 at 12:07:32 AM
Reply to: 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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