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29th Dec '16 2:03:51 PM ASkyAsBlackAsCoal
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** Not necessarily. It's entirely possible that the ghosts just distract him long enough for William to rescue Margaret.



* "After the Bombs" ends with the line "'til it all starts over again." Does "it" refer to a new wave of bombs in the short term (they'll be dancing until the attacks resume and they have to return to the bunkers), or life starting anew and rebuilding post-war? I like to think of it being the second.

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* "After the Bombs" ends with the line "'til it all starts over again." Does "it" refer to a new wave of bombs in the short term (they'll be dancing until the attacks resume and they have to return to the bunkers), or life starting anew and rebuilding post-war? I like to think of it being the second.
13th Apr '15 12:06:37 AM Wynne101
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*"After the Bombs" ends with the line "'til it all starts over again." Does "it" refer to a new wave of bombs in the short term (they'll be dancing until the attacks resume and they have to return to the bunkers), or life starting anew and rebuilding post-war? I like to think of it being the second.
1st Sep '14 7:24:07 PM vifetoile
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*** Maybe his shirt or jacket has pockets???
15th Nov '12 7:08:33 AM Jebus2K10
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*** Yes, but what's the point of having his hands in his pockets if his own knickers are down around his ankles (and his pockets with them)?
10th Sep '12 10:21:58 PM karstovich2
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** [[ADateWithRosiePalms The song is about masturbation.]] I presumed the former was a euphemism.
*** Let's clarify here. The song was not about masturbation. That lyric was.

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** That lyric (and much of the song) is about [[ADateWithRosiePalms The song is about masturbation.]] I presumed the former was a euphemism.
*** Let's clarify here. The song was not about masturbation. That lyric was.
masturbation]].
23rd Aug '11 7:17:52 PM VelandimSader
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** IIRC, the Queen goes on about herself a fair amount during the first song where she appears, when she's talking to ''William'', who would know who she was if anyone would. So maybe she just likes talking about herself.
25th May '11 5:41:55 AM vifetoile
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**** There's a very good fanfic ([[http://archiveofourown.org/works/34910 The Sister's Bargain]], read it now!) that suggests the Queen adopted the child for her own, and Margaret's sister later came to try and reclaim the child.
11th Apr '11 12:50:00 PM LadyRedDeath
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* Still on the subject of ''Hazards of Love'': Why does the Rake need the Queen's help anyway? If he needs to cross Annan Water to get back to his fortress, then presumably he needed to cross it in order to kidnap Margaret in the first place. You could perhaps argue that the Queen asked him to kidnap Margaret in order to save William (and so flew him across the first time in exchange for his help), but if that were the case, it seems like she wouldn't devote the first two verses of "The Queen's Rebuke" explaining who she is, as he would already know. (Unless the explanatory two verses are directed at Margaret rather than the Rake).
5th Apr '11 6:10:47 PM VelandimSader
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***That does clear things up a lot. Thanks very much.
28th Mar '11 8:46:43 PM LadyRedDeath
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*** When Margaret goes to the forest, she is explicitly going to see William, and not very long after she begins to show ("And when young Margaret's waistline grew wider ... And so our heroine withdraws to the Taiga", and then "And all this stirring inside my belly / Won't quell my want for love"), and the lyrics in "Wager All" suggest that she is still pregnant and William feels the baby kicking ("And all my life I've never felt the tremor / And all my life, that now disturbs my fingers"). Since we can probably assume that the rest of the story takes place over a single day (since William only bargained for one night of freedom), she would still be pregnant when she was kidnapped. Then the violence of the lyrics of "Margaret in Captivity" suggest that she was beaten badly during her kidnapping, probably miscarried, and buried the baby during the first verse of "The Drowned".
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