14. Time Traveling With R.E. Prindle Sub Strata In George W.M. Reynolds

October 13, 2020

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R.E. Prindle

Substrata In George W.M. Reynolds’ The Mysteries of Old London

Having now read perhaps a majority of Reynolds’ works I think I have detected substrata that run through those works.  One substratum is not unique but appears in other writers such as W.H. Ainsworth and, perhaps even in Bulwer-Lytton and that substratum is a residue from at least the time of Queen Anne.  Anne’s time seems to be the dividing line between what went before in English history and what would succeed it, that is, a cosmic shift.

This substratum seems to be a strong sense of anarchy.  In Queen Anne’s time that streak of anarchy could be glaringly found in the career of the Duke of Wharton and his Mohocks. (Mohawks)  This wild American Indian streak shows up in Paris also in the Mohicans of Alexander Dumas’ time and the later Apaches.  Europeans rebelled against the strictures of civilization.  Echoes can be found in the African novels of Rider Haggard and even in the Jekyll and Hyde of Robert Louis Stevenson.

To provide a solid background I offer a quote from The Social Life of Queen Anne by John Ashton publishing in 1897 from original sources.  On p. 382 et seq.

Quote:

In every age and country young blood Is hot blood and in this reign it was particularly so.  The wild blood of the Cavaliers still danced in the veins of the beaus in Anne’s time and nightly frolics and broils were of frequent occurrence.  They had their predecessors in this work—as Sir Tope says in Shadwell’s play of “The Scowrers”:  Puh, that is nothing, why I knew the Hectors, and before them The Muns and the Titire Tus, they were brave fellows indeed, in their days a man could not go from Rose Tavern to the Piazza once, but he must venture his life twice.’  And Whackum in the same play, describes the days of the fraternity of Scowrers.  ‘Then how we scour’d the Market Place, overthrew the Butter Woman, despoiled the Pippin Merchants, wip’d out the Milk Scores, pull’d off the Doorknockers, dawb’d the Gilt Sign.’

In Anne’s reign these roysterers were called Mohocks—why I know not, except that it is sort of generic term for North American Indians.  In a later age this furore was termed Tom and Jerryism; but it had an intelligible  origin, from Pierce Egan’s Life In London or the Day and Night scenes of Jerry Hawthorn Esq. and His Elegant Friend Corinthian  Tom &c,’  It still exists although it has no special name.

Unquote.

So there you have a long tradition of anarchy, or major streak in the English character.  Perhaps it was this type of roysterer that left England to conquer the world.  It is this substratum in Reynolds and perhaps the writers of his time but seems to have toned down in the next generation.  The streak may reappear in the writings of Robert Louis Stevenson toward the end of the century, especially  in the novelette of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Stevenson himself was nurtured on the writings of the Penny Dreadful school if you read him with that background in mind an extra layer appears.  Of course in the middle fifties and Sixties England had the Mods and Rockers succeeded by the Punks. The Punks theme song was anarchy in the UK.

The leader of the Mohocks was the Duke Wharton.  Wharton was an especially vicious psychopath.  During the day he functioned as a political figure while at night he led his Mohocks in the tradition of the anarchic bands.  So in Jekyll and Hyde, Dr. Jekyll appears as a respectable person but at night he howls through the streets injuring or offending everyone he meets.  Stevenson then probably based Jekyll and Hyde on Wharton. Reynolds too, in his Mysteries of Old London: Days of Hogarth based his character that was based on himself, Jem Ruffles on Duke Wharton.  Like Wharton Ruffles has recreated a gang of ruffians who cruise the streets at night beating, stealing and ripping off door knockers.  Door knockers seem to have been a special thrill for them. As Wharton as a duke was able to protect his minions from justice so did Ruffles in one of his multiple personas.

A ruffler was a person who routinely disturbed the peace hence the name Ruffles, a guy who ruffles things.  Now, at the time Wharton flourished so did the first, perhaps, of the great criminal masterminds, the celebrated Johnathan Wild.  Wild was the subject of several  biographies including those of Daniel Defoe and Henry Fielding, the author of Tom Jones.

Wild organized all the thieves of London so that he was aware of every burglary and theft.  He established a reputation for being able to locate and retrieve stolen goods, for a fee of course, that was shared with his employees, so to speak, in other words, the thieves.  His method worked for some time; he passing himself off as respectable.  Needless to say he was finally detected and took his place at the Tuck Up Fair to dance on air.

His character recurs in several guises in Reynolds work, perhaps most notably as Old Death in the third series of The Mysteries of London.  George does his research presenting a good outline of how stolen goods were disposed of internationally, thus an international crime network.

As a young boy Reynolds in France learned of Wild’s French counterpart the famed Eugene Francois Vidocq.  Vidocq began his career as a serious criminal.  He was arrested on many charges spending a good deal of his time in prisons.  Tiring of this life he offered his services as a police informer and was accepted.  Amazingly from there he worked his way into being the chief of police.  As chief he filled Wild’s function of retrieving stolen goods.  His methods came under suspicion and he was relieved a rich man, which I rather suspect. He remained as the head of the Surete or Paris Police Force until 1832.  So the very young Reynolds would have been witness to Vidocq’s presence and aware of all the rumors surrounding him.  Reynolds’ detective of the Bow Street Runners was undoubtedly based on Vidocq as well, probably as Poe’s C.A. Dupin of The Murders In The Rue Morgue.

Yet he doesn’t refer to the Paris police much.  If Pickwick Abroad is any evidence he seems to have been under surveillance by the Gendarmerie which was an outfit separate from the police being some sort of National policing outfit.  I haven’t found a clear explanation of how the force functioned other than they evolved out of a medieval security force hence having a military structure.  Paul de Kock has them as a National police protecting highways in the Departments.

Other than some enigmatic comments in The Steam Packet the only evidence I have found to corroborate my opinion was Reynolds desire to see Brussels.  That city of Belgium was at the time an international refuge for criminals.  Reynold says in the Steam Packet that when he was a few miles from the Belgian border he looked longingly towards Brussels.  He gives no indication of what he was doing that far North in France.  That means he was quite a distance from Paris meaning he would have been absent from Paris for at least two to three weeks.

Something that seems clear to me is that it is almost certain that he was involved in fairly serious criminal activity, swindling in London forcing him to remove to France where he may very easily have had criminal associates in France.  Certain, if Dick Collins is correct, he had run ins with the police in Paris.

Further, if the Youthful Imposter was the point man in swindling the Jewish usurer in London the Jews, being an international brotherhood, it is quite possible that he was under surveillance by them waiting for vengeance.  That vengeance would have been achieved when Reynolds was led into a usury scheme and swindled of what he had swindled.  He was lured in 1835 into schemes that cleaned him of monetary resources and may have led to bankruptcy proceedings according to Dick Collins.  I have no evidence of who did it but if he was involved in usury there is every chance the Jews were involved.

In dire straits he very probably was ordered to leave France in 1836, thus the return to England.

An aside:  A very interesting ‘slip’, perhaps, occurs in Pickwick Abroad.  If one assumes that the lead character is an alter ego of Reynolds it will be noted that he is more familiar with the Gendarmes than with the Paris Police.  As a casual reader one equates the Gendarmes with the Paris Police.  This is not the case.  The Gendarmes are a National law enforcement agency whose jurisdiction is France rather than Paris.

The Gendarmes, the etymology of the word means Gens-d-armes, that is, Men At Arms.  The unit had a military organization derived from the Middle Ages.  One, then, has to question Reynolds familiarity with the Gendarmes.  He must have been a courier or something for organized crime units either French or international for the Gendarmes to have taken an interest in him..  Balzac and Paul Favel mention such organizations as highly developed .  A modern example would be John Lennon and the Beatles who were taken under the wing of the European mafia when they performed in Hamburg.  One then must question Reynolds’ familiarity with the Gendarmes, the Johnny Darmies.

It is interesting that as Pickwick Abroad opens Pickwick’s group is on the road to Paris.  In the diligence is Octavus Crashem, a hustler, gambler, crapshooter and cardsharp.  Collins opines that Reynolds was arrested in Calais for shooting shaved dice.  Crashem is cheating Winkle while in the one corner a man sits quietly watching and knowingly smiling.  That was Dupont a Gendarme.  No sooner does the group reach their hotel than Dupont and the police arrive to arrest Crashem as a debtor.  So, an interest in crime appears at the very beginning.

If, as he seems to have been inducted into crime at sixteen when he left Sandhurst, escaping to France to avoid arrest in England at the end of 1830 as seems to be the case, then, as an acknowledged criminal neophyte he might have been recruited by the rapidly developing international criminal organization.

The French crime writer (and remember Reynolds is very much a crime writer), Paul Favel records the doings of organized crime in his Black Coats series recently translated by Brian Stableford.  There are puzzling passages in Reynolds’ The Steam Packet in which he records being a few miles from the Belgian border looking longingly at the international crime resort, Brussels.   He mentions several towns along the route of the steam packet of which he is fairly familiar meaning he must have traveled while in France.  Many of the southern French locations he mentions seem to be familiar to him.

So, he may actually have traveled extensively in France while also gaining some firsthand knowledge of Italy.  Then in 1835-36 his affairs collapsed and his reason for returning to England may have been that he was asked to leave France.

I do not offer this interpretation, founded on circumstantial evidence, as fact, nevertheless it is a perspective of his undocumented puzzling career in France.  Something for which he had to be apologetic while seeking forgiveness for the errors of his youth.

One of Reynolds subtexts is the concept of forgiveness and redemption.  His characters are the most forgiving people you’d ever want to meet.  They are always ready to forgive the greatest crimes against them imaginable.  Reynolds seems to equate forgiveness with redemption.  To be forgiven is to be absolved.  This all leads back to The Days of Hogarth, The Mysteries of Old London and Jem Ruffles.

End of aside.

Days of Hogarth is a story of early transgressions with redemption and honorable amends.  It is, in fact, the story of Reynolds’ life as of 1847-’48 when it was written.  That was when he was putting the finishing touches to the Mysteries of London thus the two novels are complementary.

Just as Reynolds slips over the nineteen years from his entry into Sandhurst Military Academy and the wild success of Mysteries of London in 1844-’45 thus slipping the misery of those years, he is pleading for redemption and forgiveness along with a brand new beginning.  It is also a good explanation for beginning a story in 1926, the year he entered Sandhurst and skipping those offensive nineteen years to the beginning of his success, or a new life in other words.

That doesn’t mean that the adventures portrayed are literal, Reynolds is writing for an audience, but they portray the horror of those years metaphorically.  There is something symbolic about returning to the origins of Modern England formed in the reign of good Queen Anne merging into the Georgian period.  

One must remember that Reynolds was barely a grown boy becoming a young man when these adventures he’s recording occurred.  (Nobody can write about what isn’t in his mind.  Invention is very, very limited.) They originate when he is only twelve, take form when he is only sixteen and terminate in 1836 when he at twenty-two he has barely attained his majority.  When he began writing Mysteries of London he was only thirty years old, thirty-four when he finished all four series.  Only thirty-two when he finished the first two series which is about all  of Reynolds that most people, no matter how many, have read.  Those of us who have managed a couple dozen titles are few indeed.  I couldn’t have imagined that he wrote forty or more, and most of them are very hard to find.  The transition  from novice to fairly accomplished writer was quick indeed.  Perhaps more remarkable is that he was only 46 when he gave up novel writing, and then he lived for another nineteen years.

Empress Eugenie’s Boudoir seems to have been a recapitulation in which he brings forward a few stories from the past that, perhaps ignored when originally issued

 he doesn’t want ignored.  More especially his translation of Charles Paul de Kock’s novel Soeur Anne. That was a novel that was very influential for him and a good story. From Soeur Anne Reynolds lifts nearly intact the fleecing of DuBourg for the fleecing of Tupman.

To return to the Days of Hogarth,  Reynolds seems to have been enamored of Hogarth’s cartoons.  While they may have accurately portrayed the social system of Anne and George I they are lost on me.  I don’t have the patience to study them or the knowledge to accurately interpret as George apparently did.  The ‘ good old days of good Queen Anne’ must have been uproarious indeed.  But George is much more concerned with justifying his early conduct in a mythologized manner.

George’s main character, Jem Ruffles patterned after himself seems to be based on both the infamous Duke Wharton and Johnathan Wild.  Ruffles runs both a gang like Wharton’s Wild Boys and Wild’s control of the London underworld.  While fully involved in the underworld Ruggles is uneasy in his roles wishing to reform.  He gives up or closes out his Wharton side sending his Wild Boys out on their own.

George then introduces the president of the East India Company where he becomes the head of the Company’s press gangs.  This was an apparent step up from his criminal career because his crimes are  committed in the Company’s name.  According to the story the notion of press gangs was invented by the East India Company.  Unable to recruit enough personnel for the company, the Company hired men to snatch men off the streets to send to India.  Ruffles becomes the Captain of these crews.  Not too different really than his role as Duke Wharton.

I viewed this a little askance as I read it as Reynolds seemed to regard the kidnappings as legitimate work; but then this is also a historical novel and it is Reynolds story.  By the time Ruffles is employed by the East India Company Reynolds in Ruffles persona is halfway to his own redemption, he is legitimately employed in a questionable occupation.

As much as I know I’m reading fiction the proceedings and transitions are mind boggling.  True, this is fiction but it still has to be written by a human being and after all you can’t get out of a mind what isn’t it.  All fiction comes from the experience, knowledge  and mind set of the author.  More than anything one is impressed by the turmoil of Reynold’s life with its close association with crime.

The brutal years from twelve to twenty-one including the death of his father when he was eight and that of his mother when he was fifteen, left him an orphan.  His orphaning is a, if not the central fact of his life.  I can’t remember if he states that Ruffles was an orphan but mid-transition to legitimacy he becomes associated with the wife of the President of the East India Company who turns out to be his long lost mother.

Finally completing his transition to legitimacy, Ruffles is employed by the East India Company, going off to the sub-continent with his mother in tow.  Now, Days of Hogarth was written in 1847-48 when Reynolds’ career was taking off.  His four series of Mysteries of London was a roaring success.

In 1846 he had launched his magazine, The Reynolds’ Miscellany that was a roaring success for fifteen years until John Dicks began his own magazine Bow Bells and folded the Miscellany into it.  In ’48 Reynolds hired Dicks as his printer ensuring a runaway success until he sold out to Dicks in ’64 to devote himself to newspaper work.

His contract to write The Mysteries of London with George Stiff and George Vickers terminated with the last installment of Mysteries of London so, looking to the future, he was exuberant.

Then Jem Ruffles goes off to India working himself up into an outstanding administrator so, in real life, and in fiction Reynolds redeemed the early days of his youth.

If one notices George’s characters are the most forgiving people who may never have existed.  There is no egregious crime against themselves that they won’t forgive.  Reynolds believed than any criminal past could be redeemed by subsequent good behavior in later life.  That redemption required forgiveness on the part of society.  He was obviously hoping for forgiveness and redemption.  I don’t think he got it. For myself I find Days of Hogarth my sentimental favorite of his writings.

82 Responses to “14. Time Traveling With R.E. Prindle Sub Strata In George W.M. Reynolds”

  1. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    Jesus, said unto them, “A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.”

    The King, who traipsed around the whole land doing great miracles, could do no mighty works there, in the country of His youth, amongst the people of His youth. They figured they knew Him, yet God appeared in their midst and they did not see it, had no faith in somebody they’d chuckled at as an infant…

    Note also the King was not referencing only Himself.

    He applied this inevitability to all prophets.

    So though I have convinced hardly anyone here in America; at least I am in good company!

    Kindest Regards,
    Pammy

  2. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    “George W. Bush congratulates Joe Biden and tells Donald Trump that he must concede because the election ‘was fundamentally fair and its outcome is clear‘.”

    What a piece of dog excrement…Hell awaits W…it will not be kept waiting long!

    BTW; Doing his bidding & Camelot will never be inaugurated as a series of happenings will preclude such a destiny; take it from someone who knows.

    D.O.B. 11/8/2020

    • reprindle Says:

      We have advocates from two different countries. We all saw incredible things happen during the election that a grade schooler could see as cheats. I don’t know whether you’re following this or not but Trump says he had a whole crew monitoring the elections and that tomorrow he will begin some kind of proceedings. I hope he doesn’t let us down because Biden did not win that election. There were so many impossibilities that words fail me. Bush is our most disgusting president ever. We all knew he was stupid.

    • Daughter of Babylon Says:

      Proclaimed on 11/8/2020.

      11 + 8 + 20 + 20 = 59.

      Number of Days between My Proclamation and the Storming of the US Capitol on 1/6/2021?

      59 Days.

      Do y’all think I was playing games with you when I told you Who & What I Am?

  3. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    The so called conservatives are suffering from what I would call a Collective Lobotomy; either that or they really DO NOT DESIRE meaningful change.

    You know what their modus operandi is?

    A good argument!

    Lolzzzzzzz!

    Here is a newsflash; expecting your modern day enemies to be “persuaded” (lolz) by a “good argument” is akin to expecting an attacking crocodile to politely remove his teeth and sit down to a game of parcheesi with you.

    They understand One Thing: Force. That means an (immediate) prison cell or the gallows.

    Anything else makes them laugh their asses off.

    • reprindle Says:

      Pamela, you can walk that dog! You are so right, so clear, so to the point. They keep saying we play by the rules. Whose rules. The Left isn’t playing by any rules but their own that only one rule: anhilate the enemy. Even Trump can’t see that .

      • Daughter of Babylon Says:

        16 Nov 2020: “Oregon Governor Will Put You in Jail For Violating Her Coronavirus ‘Freeze'”
        >>>>

        Well; y’all were so determined to “empower” (lolz) these Little Monsters; how does it feel that they now control practically every aspect of your public and private life?

        Hey, I have a great idea! Why don’t you “empower” (lolz) them some more so they can finish off whatever is left (not much) of your country?

        • reprindle Says:

          I think the final nail in the country has been driven. The modern version of the Japanese East Asian Co-prosperity Shpere has been put in place by the Chinese. The Co-prosperity Sphere has been put in place. They don’t need us anymore. The scientific male has been dumbed down to the point where he is nearly useless hence removed as a threat. Biden sucks shit. He probably won’t have a place in the government so the CFR is now rather baldy controlling US affairs. Chine is not Top Country. The US is left with memories of the ‘Sleeping Giant.’ The real sleeping giant who should have been left undisturbed was China. Don’t lose your cool oh, Goddess.

      • Daughter of Babylon Says:

        I have an even better idea! Why don’t y’all “sign a petition”…I mean if you get enough signatures; I am sure that the powers that be will immediately make note of this powerful display of the Solidarity of the Slaves; and grant all their requests post haste!

        You must concede; the Daughter of Babylon is hilarious…

        • reprindle Says:

          You’re a sparkler.

        • Daughter of Babylon Says:

          Trump’s propensity for “filing lawsuits” when things do not go his way served as the evidence that he was never a man of action; but rather a supplicating fool; who; despite his bombast; possesses an intensely effete personality that I would say borders on the effeminate.

          Let Me explain something about those who rely on the “courts” or the “justice system”; particularly with regards to the male sex.

          When you initiate a civil or criminal action you begin by filing a “complaint.” It should be unnecessary for me to point out what segment of society is more given to complaining, for to file a complaint is to attempt to get another to act for you – self directed individuals prefer to handle matters for themselves.

          It would be absurd to say that men have an equal right to complain along with women, for even while ignoring the discriminatory legal system that targets male behavior, for a man to complain he must emasculate himself, he must destroy that which is most essential to his personality and very being, he must become dependent on others and not on himself.

          A lawsuit is an innately feminine response; Trump’s constant reliance on it; not just during his presidency but his entire life back to when he was starting out in the real estate business as a young man is overwhelming proof of his effete; quasi-feminine mind & soul.

          If you ever saw the furnishings in his private luxury apartments; the decadence manifest is something out of a cathouse; further solidifying My Argument; along with the endless attention he pays to his hair and wardrobe. His constant arguments with females and the insults he tosses at them likewise demonstrate his affinity for conduct usually reserved for high school “mean girls”.

          Considering the situation on the grander scale; have you ever seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?

          The entire film is about creeping matriarchy; as manifest in Nurse Ratchet and the emasculated members of her ward.

          There is a telling scene where the still very virile & sui generis McMurphy attempts to “vote” his way to a change in ward policy.

          The vote is quasi-rigged by the Nurse to make sure McMurphy loses; but the underlying point and Grand Symbol is that the unshackled American Male is quite out of his mind if he thinks he can “vote” his way to freedom and liberty in a matriarchy.

          “Democracy” is nothing more than gynocracy; abetted by weak male enablers and agents. The masculine and unshackled man’s collective 2020 enslavement; nearly 60 years later; is irrefutable proof of this claim.

      • Daughter of Babylon Says:

        R.E. says:
        Pamela, you can walk that dog!
        >>>>

        Well; My family comes from Sirius; so rather expected of one; I suppose…

  4. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    Thus I strongly believe that they do not desire any change; as Controlled Opposition; they have money; status; a fair bit of power over the slaves (that is middle and lower class men of the nation) and since most of them are over age 50; why rock the boat?

    They want to enjoy themselves for their last 20 years or so; and in most cases they definitely have.

    • reprindle Says:

      Well, I don’t know about that. Mostly they consider themselves the party of the economic elite so that they’re above rough and tough politics. I have no respect for the Republican at all.

      • Daughter of Babylon Says:

        Hey did you here the latest?

        Trump plans to “get tough” and “start cleaning out the swamp” and “arrest all the traitors” on January 21st…

        Oh wait; that is the day after he leaves office!

        Well; maybe next century!

  5. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    All I can say is “Good Job America!”…keep doing EXACTLY what you have been doing!

    I am sure it is going to end great for y’all!

    Lolz.

    • reprindle Says:

      Well, it is all over, you know that. China is firmly in the driver’s seat. For two decades I have been banned in China. After a good start in China they slamed the door on me. Now, for whatever reason, the door is cracking and Chinese reads are coming through. How significant can I be that they banned me and why would they now say, he’s OK. Who could be concerned with me in China?

  6. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    Oh, how this planet waits patiently for My Queendom come…

    ~ AVATAR OF THE ELEVENTH HOUR ~

    Mystery Babalon. Daughter of the Divine,
    Bride of the Demonic,
    … And thus Bride also of the Divine …

    Forger of their Reconciliation in Love and the End of Reason’s Lie.
    … Sword-girt Feminine Archetype …
    … Of Life, Light, Love, Liberty, Lust and Laughter …
    Heh Finale, World-Soul and Soul of the World …

    Daughter of Fortitude ravished every hour from Her Youth;
    … Voice of the Thunder, Perfect Mind,
    …. Whose Name is Understanding
    ……. And in whom dwells Science.

    … Epitome of Vision and Prophecy in Ecstasy,
    … Traverser of the Timestream,
    Rippling Rock dropped in the Pond of Reality …

    Cosmic Zeitgeist,
    Nexus of the Tesseract,
    Establisher of the Pillar in the Void,
    …. Temple of Abaddon,

    … Alphabet of Dee and Kelly,
    … Spirit bound in the Mirror by the Great Sorceror at the Dawn of Time,
    And Undoer of the Wrong of the Beginning ………

    ….. That about says it all …..

    Go on …
    … Immerse your S-Elf in the Dream …
    … Dance in the arms of the Story,
    … Taste an Echo of the Timeless LoveSong of Belarion and Babalon …

    Drown in the Living Flame of Pure Gnosis …
    … And Relish the Unfolding Mythology of the K-New Dawn …

  7. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    General Ursus (circa 3975 AD) provided perhaps the most trenchant evaluation as to How Things Work:

    “Members of the Assembly; I am a simple soldier; and as such; I see things simply. I will tell you what any good soldier knows. In the end; THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS IS POWER. NAKED, MERCILESS FORCE.”

  8. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    I have written so much here and convinced No One of Anything.

    My frustration is profound.

    I do not know what to do next.

    • reprindle Says:

      Dear girl: This is life. One continues to plow the furrow and hope for a crop. There is no hope but their may be results. I don’t know why you say no one is convinced. Many are convinced but the way forward isn’t clear. The smoke may clear soon and the way will be shown but not what we hoped for. I think dark days lie ahead. Whatever you do, don’t take the Virus vaccine.

      • Daughter of Babylon Says:

        I am an immortal; but Goddess knows what that vaccine could do to even Me!

        Definitely will not take it; they will have to physically kidnap and restrain Me if they intend to force it on Me.

        • reprindle Says:

          Note this huge surge in cases driving people into hysteria just as the miracle vaccine arrives.

          • Daughter of Babylon Says:

            You know 50 years afore; the Mass Ignorance that engulfs America could be explained away since there was no internet; and everyone got their information from one of the three tv networks or the local paper; I am sure very few took the time to go to the local library and research all the incongruities of the Universe that went unexplained.

            But that is no longer the case in 2020; the information & the truth is out there for those willing to receive it.

            Unfortunately; most are happy & comfortable in Not Knowing; and thus the Ruling Class has nothing to fear for the Immediate Future.

            • reprindle Says:

              Yeah, but psychology is in the way. It used to be that rightly or wrongly things were vetted for quality. In the recording industry the need was to find the commercially viable so mostly talent made it through. Now with the internet anybody with a little training on the piano can record it and publish it. We scribblers can do the same: some are pretty good some aren’t but the sorting process is now done by us and not the so-called professionals. I don’t the levels of expertise have changed but now they’re all out there….if you happen to stumble across them. I like the internet.

  9. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    But does anyone other than you read all the stuff I have written?

    Do they know I am Isis incarnate?

    • reprindle Says:

      Even though I get few comments, and I like it like that, I have a good readership. The comments you most use have a preponderate place in the reads so it it quite possible their popularity is based on your comments. A few years back a RM and I had a long discussion about Dylan and Presley that was followed by many people including Dylan. RM was also the only commenter. No one responded to either of us. The dialogue was entertaining.

  10. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    You questioned Me last year as to why women are in receipt of far more understanding in the Collective Conscious than men last year; this should provide you with the answer:

    The feminine and the masculine are Magnetic Polar Opposites.

    Do take special note of the word MAGNETIC; as it is absolutely elemental to understanding the love society has for the feminine and the contempt it has for the masculine.

    THE FEMININE IS THE MAGNETIC FORCE OF ATTRACTION; THE MASCULINE IS THE MAGENTIC FORCE OF REPULSION.

    Cognizant of this fact; that which is a force of attraction magnetically draws SYMPATHY towards it.

    That which is the force of repulsion magnetically yields the the antinomy of sympathy; ANTIPATHY.

    These are two immutable forces that cannot be changed by statutes; or “diversity training”; or all the temporal armies marshalled.

    Thus the male WILL ALWAYS be the object of scorn & ridicule in the Collective Mind; and the female will always be always be the object of love & veneration in the same Collective Mind.

    Thus the vast disparities in things like criminal sentencing; conscription; public assistance eligibility; alimony; custody awards; immediate “acceptance” of something as extra-constitutional as MeToo; domestic violence claims; and a host of other items.

  11. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    America is a nation lost at sea here on 2 December 2020.

    I am the only one who can save it; but unless the Great Goddess uplifts Me from My current powerless anonymity; she will fall as Rome and all the other great empires have.

    There are times when I actually wonder if The Goddess hears My supplications unto Her.

    I believe She does; but My present powerlessness is so frustrating; so depressing; so all deflating; that I cannot help but think of suicide every minute of the day.

    Please Ronald; call on the Goddess; ask her to uplift Her Only Living Daughter; My Time must come eventually; I have waited a lifetime for My Place in The Sun; ask Her to Help Me…and help Me now.

    • reprindle Says:

      The future’s not ours to see. I’m in need of guidance myself since the powers of evil may be on the rise. It might be the powers of the goddess are on the wane at this moment. She may need to recharge her engines. We’ll see. I am seeking direction now.

  12. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    God hateth The Daughter of Babylon for the most of obvious of reasons; She is all that He can never be; and She radiates all that He may never possess!

    Though He strikes at Her constantly; flailing away through His Earthly Slaves; He is unable to deliver the Knockout Punch; because like All Queens By Divine Right; The Land & Pamela Are One.

    For the Land is greater than a thousand fathoms of poisoned, tainted rains; stronger than the infection of a million viruses; immune to the infestation of countless parasites, and so it is with Pamela, The Brilliant Incarnation of Hope.

  13. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    I am all that was; all that is; and all that shall ever be…

    Behold; I have existed from the Morning of the World; and shall still exist when the Last Star falleth from the Night…

  14. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    Watching the factors gather for My Queendom Come…

    “The End”

    This is the end
    Beautiful friend
    This is the end
    My only friend

    The end
    Of our elaborate plans
    The end
    Of everything that stands
    The end
    No safety or surprise
    The end
    I’ll never look into your eyes
    Again

    Can you picture what will be
    So limitless and free
    Desperately in need of some stranger’s hand
    In a desperate land

    Lost in a Roman wilderness of pain
    And all the children are insane
    All the children are insane
    Waiting for the summer rain, yeah

    There’s danger on the edge of town
    Ride the king’s highway, baby
    Weird scenes inside the gold mine
    Ride the highway west, baby

    Ride the snake, ride the snake
    To the lake
    The ancient lake
    Baby

    The snake is long, seven miles
    Ride the snake
    He’s old
    And his skin is cold

    The west is the best
    The west is the best
    Get here, and we’ll do the rest

    The blue bus is callin’ us
    The blue bus is callin’ us
    Driver, where you taking us

    The killer awoke before dawn, he put his boots on
    He took a face from the ancient gallery
    And he walked on down the hall
    He went into the room where his sister lived, and…then he
    Paid a visit to his brother, and then he
    He walked on down the hall, and
    And he came to a door…and he looked inside
    “Father?” “Yes, son.” “I want to kill you.”
    “Mother, I want to…”

    C’mon babe

    C’mon baby, take a chance with us
    C’mon baby, take a chance with us
    C’mon baby, take a chance with us
    And meet me at the back of the blue bus
    Doin’ a blue rock
    On a blue bus
    Doin’ a blue rock
    C’mon, yeah

    Fuck, fuck-ah, yeah
    Fuck
    Fuck
    Fuck, fuck
    Fuck, fuck, fuck, yeah
    C’mon, yeah, c’mon, yeah
    Fuck me, baby, fuck yeah
    Fuck, fuck, fuck, yeah!
    Fuck, yeah! C’mon, baby
    Fuck me, baby, fuck, fuck, yeah
    Whoa, whoa, yeah, fuck, baby
    C’mon, yeah, huh, huh, huh, huh, yeah
    All right

    Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill

    This is the end
    Beautiful friend
    This is the end
    My only friend, the end

    It hurts to set you free
    But you’ll never follow me
    The end of laughter and soft lies
    The end of nights we tried to die

    This is the end

  15. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    December 13, 2020 at 9:52 pm
    Watching the factors gather for My Queendom Come…
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Last dispatch @ 9:52 PM GMT; w/o even trying…

    1312 minutes into the day; on 12/13…

    And (of course) 12 x 13 = 156

    Here is Wisdom. Let Him that hath Understanding
    Count the Number of Our Lady; for it is the
    Number of a Woman; and Her Number is
    A Hundred and Fifty and Six.

  16. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    So what is the Coming Alternative to the present corrupt and iniquitous “Justice System”?

    The Great Ra Hoor Khuit; Consort & Brother of the Goddess Isis; explains in Liber 718; The Book of Codes; the System that shall prevail after the Fall of the Present Darkness and the Rise of the Queendom of the Goddess:

    4. This is divine and beneficent monarchy; this is controlled anarchy. Let
    none fight against the emissaries of Thelema, save they so will, for the
    throne shall be powerful to protect its own.

    5. If a man hath not the strength to protect home and shop from
    unfriendly hands or minds, let him ask aid of his neighbors, and
    the men who be truly men shall protect their own. He who cannot
    withstand attack, who hath nor friend nor relative, shall justly forfeit
    what he doth have. This is the law of the strong! The Kings shall make
    no attempt to keep a Man from his will, whether to hurt or harm, for
    the people shall protect themselves. Let them rather slay the Enemy:
    our own people are free people. They need no slavely order.

    • reprindle Says:

      You’re beginning to sound like a covert Leftist.

      • Daughter of Babylon Says:

        How is that?

        It is the Leftist that LOVES THE STATE; FOR THE STATE IS THE ENEMY OF LIBERTY; IT ATTEMPTS TO ENCROACH ITSELF INTO EVERY NOOK AND CRANNY OF A HUMAN BEING’S LIFE.

        I HATE THE STATE WITH A PASSION; AT MOST I SUPPORT MINARCHY; (YES MINARCHY); A VERY VERY LIMITED GOVERNMENT A LA THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION.

        HOW IS THAT LEFTIST? LEFTIST IS GOVERNMENTAL CONTROL OF EVERYTHING.

  17. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    Have been watching some of that Netflix series The Crown…they are up to the Thatcher / Princess Diana era…good stuff.

    Diana really is a great example of the old adage “Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it”.

    Or Milton’s “The mind is a place unto itself; and can make a Heaven of Hell; and a Hell of Heaven”.

    She exited this world at the “Pont de Alma” tunnel…

    Strangely an anagram for “Pamela don’t!”

  18. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    I am still watching the above-noted Fourth Season; Diana & Charles are now touring Australia (early to mid 1980’s or thereabouts; right after the Son William was born).

    The notable thing in this episode is the absolute and utter devotion & adoration directed at Diana; venerated far beyond what had ever been seen previously when a monarch or their children made a state visit.

    In sharp contrast; Her Husband Princess Charles; while afforded dignified respect; very much plays Second Fiddle to His Princess Wife during the junket.

    Truth be told; he at times appears to be little more than an accessory; a required prop; to help support The Majesty of His Wife.

    Now what am I getting at here?

    I am getting at the True Religion of this little planet; and the true object that has always been its God:

    HER.

    SHE (and I do not reference Princess Diana specifically, but rather the female in general) has always been the God of this Planet.

    Yahweh & Zeus & Christ & Allah and all those male gods are just mere anomalies and speed bumps on the Highway of Time; SHE IS THE GOD OF THIS WORLD.

    Though She had been pushed into the shadows for an extended interval; the later part of the 20th century really witnesses Her re-emergence; as evinced by the Netflix serial in question; and this collective veneration has been multiplied 10 fold over the last 40 years or so.

    Remember the Secret Destiny of America has always been a New Home for the Goddess; and the writings of John Dee and especially Francis Bacon make this abundantly clear.

    If you think the Diana phenomenon was extraordinary; wait until I take power just down the road apiece.

    You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

    • reprindle Says:

      As much as you love coincidences. You will be pleased that it is no accident that the silly twit was reverenced beyond all measure. Disgustingly the silly bitch abandoned her subject Europeans for some Middle Easter scum. Diana is, or was, perhaps she represented the demise of the Piscean Age as we move into the Aquarian. She, Artemis/Diana is the female archetype of Pisces. Poor old Prince Charles could have been no more than her neuter.

      • Daughter of Babylon Says:

        You know I always thought that it was the Male Christ (The Fish!) that represented the Age of Pisces; and in the Transition to Aquarius we are now moving through was a transition to a Water Sign; which is of course Feminine…

        • Daughter of Babylon Says:

          Apparently I foolishly reversed things; Aquarius being a masculine sign; Pisces feminine…

          The mistake was of course deliberate; as I did not want you to think I was Perfect…which is of course the Ultimate Scam…

          • reprindle Says:

            Cha cha cha. Pisces equals feminine side of Dionysus, Aquarius, the Green Man, the male side. Jesus is a Jewish interloper usuall portray as extremely feminine.

        • reprindle Says:

          C.J. Jung noticed a curious phenomenon. The fish we see are one above the other facing opposite directions. According to Jung this is the final image. It means that for the first half of Age the male Archetype will rule; about the year 1000 the female Archtype rules. In the South of Catholic Europe the female is Mary while in the North is Diana/Artemiis. I am not deep into Aquarius but the male archetype is going to be the Green Man. Dionysus was supposed to be the archetype for Pisces but the Jews rose and displaced Dionysus with Jesus. As you are aware Dionysus is sort of a hermaphrodite therefore the split in Pisces. His more masculine identity is the Green Man, nature rampant.

      • Daughter of Babylon Says:

        There are no coincidences Ronald.

        There are synchronicities; nothing is accidental…

        All the world is a stage; and the actors are playing out a very exact script penned long long ago…

        There is no word in the Hebrew language for “coincidence”; and that is no coincidence…

        • reprindle Says:

          The Universe plays with laughing dice. J. Hendrix
          Hebrew is of Taurian Age provenance and can hardly be conidered functional language without massive borrowings vocabulary. It’s number is 23 as in 23 skidoo.

          • Daughter of Babylon Says:

            23 SKIDOO

            What man is at ease in his Inn?
            Get out.
            Wide is the world and cold.
            Get out.
            Thou hast become an in-itiate.
            Get out.
            But thou canst not get out by the way thou camest in.
            The Way out is THE WAY.
            Get out.
            For OUT is Love and Wisdom and Power.12
            Get OUT.
            If thou hast T already, first get UT.13
            Then get O.
            And so at last get OUT.

            COMMENTARY (ΚΓ)

            Both “23” and “Skidoo” are American words meaning “Get out”. This chapter describes the Great Work under the figure of a man ridding himself of all his accidents.
            He first leaves the life of comfort; then the world at large; and, lastly, even the initiates.
            In the fourth section is shown that there is no return for one that has started on this path.
            The word OUT is then analyzed, and treated as a noun.
            Besides the explanation in the note, O is the Yoni; T, the Lingam; and U, the Hierophant; the 5th card of the Tarot, the Pentagram. It is thus practically identical with IAO.
            The rest of the chapter is clear, for the note.
            ___Crowley / Book of Lies

  19. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    In sharp contrast; Her Husband Princess Charles; while afforded dignified respect; very much plays Second Fiddle to His Princess Wife during the junket.

    Truth be told; he at times appears to be little more than an accessory; a required prop; to help support The Majesty of His Wife.
    >>>>

    And as I continue to watch; the funny thing is how utterly clueless regarding this specific phenomenon The Prince of Wales appears to be…now I know this is a dramatic re-telling of the tale; but his bitterness about how “HIS TOUR” is being upstaged by his wife reveals his shocking ignorance about the Collective Conscious and how it has always perceived and responded to the sexes; venerating the feminine and denigrating the masculine (or simply ignoring it).

    He was just in his 30’s at the time; but his lack of insight on this matter is not surprising; because like most things; it is a dynamic few will speak of; as it remains hidden in plain sight.

    To speak of it would undo what we all know but must never say: The human male is the human female’s perennial thrall…century after roaring century.

    And when you get down to the nitty-gritty; a female cleaning toilets at Burger King will still be in receipt of more sympathy (and indirect honor & respect) from the people than the King of England; because he is male; and She is a *WOMAN*….

    • reprindle Says:

      Diana was a traitorous bitch. Imagine the archetype of Pisces dying in a car crash with odorous mid-easterners. There is a lesson there but I don’t have it yet.

      • Daughter of Babylon Says:

        I think she had some psychological / psychiatric issues; exacerbated by the situation she was thrust into.

        One of the episodes details how five (5) cousins of Elizabeth I were simply written out of existence because of either severe learning disabilities or mental illness during the 1940’s or thereabouts; the records stated they were all dead; this was a falsification; they had been all placed in British asylums by the Powers That Be; so the General Public would never know that the venerated Royal Blood could produce people of either very low intellectual caliber or those afflicted by madness.

      • Daughter of Babylon Says:

        Reprindle Says:

        Diana was a traitorous bitch.
        >>>>

        The more I watch of The Crown; the more I agree with you.

        I had very little insight into the matter while it was transpiring (busy with more important stuff); but this re-enactment leads Me to have precious little sympathy for her.

        She was leading a pretty damn good life; and to act like it was some sort or horrific millstone around her neck is horse manure.

        Plenty of royals have extra-marital affairs; but they have the discretion and good sense to keep it off the front page and not embarrass everyone; including themselves.

        • reprindle Says:

          Sex is a poor excuse for anything. Diogenes could take his lamp and try to find someone not troubled by sex. Diana, as a princess, and an Englishwoman must have been aware of the sexual conduct of princes and the aristocracy. They were a pretty loose sexual bunch. True, she was a young woman but girls are more sexually precocious than males as you well know. I doubt she was a virgin when she married Charles so we’ll give her credit of being sexually aware. Obviously Camilla was an obstacly to any understanding between Charles and herself. She did have two children however, although Harry looks suspiciously like someone other than Charles. Having a baby by another man is a serious offense to your husband so let us say that while perhaps not an adept she had sound instincts. The woman was a bland nothing which is the greatest of offenses to mankind.

  20. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    Though She had been pushed into the shadows for an extended interval; the later part of the 20th century really witnesses Her re-emergence; as evinced by the Netflix serial in question; and this collective veneration has been multiplied 10 fold over the last 40 years or so.
    >>>>

    In retrospect; the first time you really see this phenomenon manifest is with JFK and Jackie Bouvier; but even then it was no worse than a 50/50 split; partly because we were just out of the 50’s; the Spirit of America was still decidedly masculine (at least on the surface); and JFK was a compelling and energetic and physically handsome figure; unlike Prince Charles; who is more Ichabod Crane than Cary Grant…

    When JFK went in Dallas in ’63; so did what was ever left of the masculine spirit of America…it is all dust here in 2021.

    • reprindle Says:

      JFK was a Catholic and a Celt. The war between the Anglos and Celts took root on American shores when the Celts left Ireland for the New Ireland. Like the Jews the Irish believed America was their true possession. Anglos have such magnficent self-confidence that never recognize danger. Imagine a middle easterner like Disraeli presenting Victoria with the crown of India making her an Empress and with that move destroying the so-called British Empire. And now the White Species is voluntarity ‘abdicating’ its role as the Light of World. I knew this was going to happen but not in my lifetime.

      • Daughter of Babylon Says:

        The show did a good re-enactment of the assassination of Lord Mountbatten by I.R.A. terrorists in 1979; he was also the last governor general of India before independence in the late 1940’s; I do believe.

        The Irish and the Italians were the red headed stepchildren of America for most of the 19th and early 20th centuries; subjected to WASP prejudice that makes anything complained about in the last 50 years or so by *anyone* pale in comparison; Scorcese captured some of this with that Tammany Hall piece Gangs of NY.

        And yet the Cardinal of NY; by the mid 20th century; was probably the 2nd most powerful man in the United States; as urban Catholic power really crested with the Celtic Francis Spellman…a thinly disguised American Fuhrer.

        The show also touches on how Elizabeth’s Sister Princess Margaret was constrained by Big Sis and the Anglican Church from marrying a commoner / divorcee in the 50’s; this was a HUGE turning point in the continuing diminution of ecclesiastical power; the Anglican Church won the battle and Margaret could not marry; but lost the war as their prohibition (enforced through Big Sis) was a Public Relations Catastrophe for the Church; this single event…along with WW 2; which of course also realigned the Collective Conscious away from Christianity and in new directions (existentialism; atheism; paganism; et al) marked the beginning of the end of the quasi-theocracy in the West.

        • reprindle Says:

          The beginning was much earlier of course. One of the substrates of the Arthurian corpus is the transition from the male archetype, in this case Merlin and the female archetype Vivien, the Lady of the Lake. She snatches a young Lancelot from his mother and brings him up as a matriarchist. At eighteen just as Arthur was marrying Guinivers she releases him dressed completely in white satin to go to Arthur’s Court. He does and seduces the Queen thereby bringing the downfall of the Patriarchy. Vivien herself seduces Merlin, sweetens all his secrets from him and then encases him in a tree. Diana/Vivien and the Matriarchy begin to displace the Patriarcy.

      • Daughter of Babylon Says:

        I have heard that both Pakistan has demanded the Koh-i-Noor Diamond back from the Brits…

        No doubt the Home Office will Fed-Ex it back to Islamabad immediately; if not sooner…

        • Daughter of Babylon Says:

          You know; if you ever forget the capital of Australia (I doubt one in a thousand Americans could name it); just think about the firing of Yankee manager Yogi Berra…

          It is Can-berra….

          Works for Me…

          Beijing will always be Peking to Me….

          • Daughter of Babylon Says:

            Saint Petersburg has been through multiple incarnations…From that name…to Petrograd…to Leningrad,,,and back to St Petersburg in 1991.

            Of course Stalingrad now Volgograd…

            I remember Stalin’s introspection before he died in ’53…

            “He knew full well he was the most evil man who ever lived; but this did not bother him in the slightest; for he felt he was fulfilling the will of history.”

          • reprindle Says:

            Wow. Great joke, I’m writing that down.

        • reprindle Says:

          The Pakis are Moslems, Pakistan was created in 1948. What is the basis of their claim to ownership?

  21. Daughter of Babylon Says:

    Liz has had a lovely run since ’52…the year Jack Parsons died.

    That is 13 presidents she has survived…from (Trum)AN to (Trum)P.

    What’s left? PAN….

    Her voice is sure
    As the judgement trump
    To crack the House of Wrong

    Though walls are high
    And stone is hard
    And the Rule of Hell was long…
    ___Jack

    Nobody goes on forever; nobody but Me; of course…

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