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No thank you, Mr. Toby Jug

Second entry of the day, and this is a small one only. I was wondering about the expression "needs must when the devil drives," because I'm rather fond of it. Here's what Brewer has to say about it:

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.

Needs must when the Devil Drives.

The French say: “Il faut marcher quand le diable est aux trousses;” and the Italians say: “Bisogna andare, quando il diavolo è vella coda.”

“He must needs go that the Devil drives.” Shakespeare: All’s Well That-Ends Well, i. 3.

I have also decided that while Toby jugs have a certain charm, I would never collect them, and definitely never with the passion that true Toby Jug-gist afficianados have. I have two sitting on my desk right now, and they just don't make me say "ooh." But then, there are lots of things I wouldn't care to collect.

3:10 p.m. - 2002-03-18

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