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“Monday’s Child” strikes me as some kind of listicle or enumeration thing that stayed popular (like “The Twelve Days of Christmas”) maybe simply because it was easy to remember. But the rhyming does feel kind of perfunctory. Even “bonny and blithe” sounds (to my ear) borrowed from Much Ado’s “Sigh No More.”

(Again, is “Sigh No More” a poem or a song? Emma Thompson recites it as a kind of preamble in Branagh’s film version; Maurissa Tancharoen sings it at a party in Whedon’s — so both I guess.)

I saw Roz Chast speak several years ago and she cited this Addams cartoon as one of her earliest influences as a cartoonist:


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