House of Mr Flinn, The
DESCRIPTION: Flinn is tall and thin, his wife short and fat. She eats the beef leaving him the bone. She lashes him with tongue and fists. He tries to control her but she beats him down and takes to drinking gin. Don't let a woman have her way.
EARLIEST DATE: 1914 (GreigDuncan7)
KEYWORDS: shrewishness violence drink drink dialog humorous husband wife food
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan7 1288, "The House of Mr Flinn" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "The Scolding Wife (I)" (theme)
cf. "The Scolding Wife (IV)" (theme)
NOTES: The title comes from the chorus ("By all the houses I have seen for grumbling and for din It beats them all to flindersticks the house of Mr Flinn") and the last line of each verse which is a variation on the chorus line. - BS
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