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Re: So put that in your pipe, my Lord Otto, and smoke it (meaning)

Posted by Word Camel on May 28, 2004

In Reply to: So put that in your pipe, my Lord Otto, and smoke it (meaning) posted by jemima on May 28, 2004

: this line is from a poem (Lay of St. Odille) by Thomas Ingolsby and that line is the reply from the saint to Lord Otto (father of Odille) who didn't want to marrry count Herman and preferred to be a nun

: i'm not sure about the meaning, any ideas?

: thanks

I think it means take what I've said to you and absorb it in the way that one absorbs tobacco - or any substance for that matter - when smoking it. Tobacco smells a certain way when it's in the pouch, but the person who smokes it will be completely imbued with the essence of it. It's probably sarcastic and defiant as well.