Quotation by Angela Carter

We used chamber-pots a good deal.... My mother ... loved to repeat: "When did the queen reign over China?" This whimsical and harmless scatological pun was my first introduction to the wonderful world of verbal transformations, and also a first perception that a joke need not be funny to give pleasure.
Angela Carter (1940–1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Virago (1992). Nothing Sacred: Selected Writings, "The Mother Lode," New Review (1976).
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