Notes on the text
These notes, by John McGivering, are partly new, and partly based on the ORG. The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of Limits and Renewals, as published and frequently reprinted between 1932 and 1950.
Goosey Goosey Gander[Page 208 line 22] hukah or 'Hookah', a water-pipe (right), commonly known as a 'hubble-bubble'.
Where shall I wander,
Upstairs, downstairs and in my lady's chamber
There I met an old man who wouldn't say his prayers,
I took him by the left leg and threw him down the stairs.
The bronchial catarrh from which His Majesty the King is suffering is not severe, but there have appeared signs of cardiac weakness which must be regarded with some disquiet.[Page 216 line 28] put forward his sword-hilt a mark of homage and respect. See “The Tomb of Hs Ancestors” (The Day’s Work p. 111) and “The Man who Was” (Life’s Handicap, page 103)
In the gun town of Darra Adam Khel, deep inside the Tribal Areas… ( Pakistan) ….. perfect replicas of modern weapons are crafted by hand in dozens of basic workshops. This tradition of gun-making dates back to the British days.[Page 218 line 5] The quality and nature of the Padishah In his Chapter 8, “Home Life”, ((p. 81) Rose discusses the King’s behaviour to his family, ministers, staff and servants, sudden outbursts of temper at any departure by others from his strict code of gentlemanly conduct or when matters did not go according to programme or as he expected, but, generally speaking, he always showed pleasant, kindly courtesy and consideration for others, with many private acts of generous assistance with money and advice.
[Docherty, p. 129 – see Plate 15 for a gunsmith making a pistol.]