Then want must be your master

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  • Sharon

    Senior Member
    United States, English
    Do you have any more context? It might be a quote from a book, but I've not heard it.

    Purely as a guess, it sounds as if someone wants something so badly that he/she is being ruled by it, the act of wanting commands them. It sounds as if they have personified "want" to give it the sense of an entity. Usually a personification is capitalized, though... to make it a name.

    If I live by a rigid schedule, and everything must be done at a certain time, then Time is my master.
    If I want to be rich so badly that I would kill for it, then Greed is my master.

    Does that help at all?
     

    marcelo

    New Member
    brazil/ portuguese
    Hello Sharon

    Thanks for your help. The situation is exactly what you have guessed. I made a Google search and got 3 hits for "Then want must be your master" , 2 of them in "The Tragical Comedy, or Comical Comedy, of Punch and Judy". I was wondering if this was a more usual saying.

    thanks again
     

    Tomas Robinson

    Senior Member
    USA, English & Spanish
    marcelo said:
    Hello Sharon

    Thanks for your help. The situation is exactly what you have guessed. I made a Google search and got 3 hits for "Then want must be your master" , 2 of them in "The Tragical Comedy, or Comical Comedy, of Punch and Judy". I was wondering if this was a more usual saying.

    thanks again
    Hi Marcelo,

    It's not used in casual American speech (maybe in Shakespearian theater..? :eek: ). It sounds very "theatrical", not everyday speech.

    Welcome to the forum! :)

    Best regards,
    Tom
     

    mandymroth

    New Member
    United States, English
    marcelo said:
    Hello Sharon

    Thanks for your help. The situation is exactly what you have guessed. I made a Google search and got 3 hits for "Then want must be your master" , 2 of them in "The Tragical Comedy, or Comical Comedy, of Punch and Judy". I was wondering if this was a more usual saying.

    thanks again

    A slave to desire. (maybe, just trying to help) :)
     

    Zycrotron

    New Member
    Zycrotron
    This was also used in a British television series from the 70's called "Come Back Lucy" where one of the girls says "Then want must be your master"
     
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