There was a young lady of NigerThere's some grim wisdom lurking behind the laughter. Will the project you're committed to take you towards your goals? Or will it consume you?
Who smiled as she rode on a Tiger.
They came back from a ride,
With the lady inside,
And the smile on the face of the Tiger.
In Bölüm 17, the prophet has a vision of a lady riding a fantastical beast. With imperial pomp, she gloats over the suffering of the "little people" who got in her way, and offers the nations a cup brimming with her own wickedness. A golden cup, mind you. The prophet is astonished. What right does this emblem of all that is wrong have to ride so high? And the angel tells him,
Melek bana, "Neden şaştın?" diye sordu. "Kadının ve onu taşıyan yedı başlı, on boynuzlu canaverın sırrını ben sana açıklayayım."And, a few words:
- şaşmak-- to astonish
- kadı -- woman
- açıklamak -- to open up, to reveal
When Christians use force, and the threat of force, against their neighbors, the results can be "unanticipated consequences." Protestant Christians in New England were worried about the influx of Irish Catholics. So, they teamed up with a Unitarian, Horace Mann, to set up the "common schools." These "generic" schools would, they believed, wean the young ones away from allegiance to the Pope, and turn them into proper Americans. Yet when people of contrasting convictions attempt to work together, those who believe the most firmly are called upon to give ground to those who believe less, until finally the enterprise is captured by those with no faith at all.
Today, only a small percentage of Christian young people who attended public schools still embrace the faith of their parents.
 "Mixed company" means a gathering comprised of both genders.
 Jamie Buckingham was reminded of this passage when reading a novel by an American novelist. The prose was exquisite, but the story was defiling.