Queen Whenever

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kahroba

Senior Member
Persian
Dear guys
Please tell me what is meant by "Queen Whenever" in the following phrase, taken from "1919' by Dos Passos.
FYI, "The Ideals of the the King" is in fact "The Idylls of the King" by the great British poet Alfred Tennyson.
One fall father started to read aloud a little of the Ideals of the King every night after they were all tucked into bed. All that winter Adelaide and Margaret were King Arthur and Queen Whenever. Eveline wanted to be Elaine the Fair, but Adelaide said she couldn't because her hairs was mousy and she had a face like a pie, so she had to be the Maiden Evelina.
 
  • bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    King Arthur's queen is Guinevere, according to legend (give or take). Clearly, the girls have made a slight mistake because "Guinever" sounds somewhat similar to "Whenever."
     

    Trisia

    Senior Member
    Romanian
    I have only two (really weird) guesses so far (and I like #2 best):

    1. If Ideals of the King is actually Idylls of the King, maybe Queen Whenever is really Queen Whatever (no matter who)

    2. Same, only perhaps is was a misunderstanding of the word Guinevere :D
     

    kahroba

    Senior Member
    Persian
    Now I see. Misunderstanding of the book's name, happens for the name of the Queen. Thank you both.
    Trisia, it's good to have you back.
     
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