be sure you never, ever scream

VicNicSor

Banned
Russian
Beware the stare of Mary Shaw,
She had no children, only dolls.
And if you see her in your dreams,
Be sure you never, ever scream.


And someone says that it's just a scary poem parents would tell their kids to keep them in line.
Dead Silence, movie

Does it mean -- "when you are not asleep, you never must scream"?
Thanks.
 
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  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    You should really ask the "someone" who told you that. But we might suppose that (sadistic) parents might tell their children, "If you misbehave, you will have nightmares about Mary Shaw".
     

    VicNicSor

    Banned
    Russian
    Just one question -- does it imply in any way that screaming will only make things worse for those who will happen to see her in their dream (and that's why you'd better not scream)?
     

    VicNicSor

    Banned
    Russian
    Vic, if we explained this logically, it wouldn't be frightening any more, and where would be the fun in that? Some things are better left unsaid...:eek:
    Not logically, but grammatically:)
    When you read this, do you take it as one must not scream for a reason, lest something worse happens? Or will it not really matter whether you scream or not?
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    I'm sure the idea is that screaming would have unfortunate consequences. Perhaps it would attract Mary's attention to the screamer....
     
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