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There was a young rustic named Mallory,
who drew but a very small salary.
When he went to the show,
his purse made him go
to a seat in the uppermost gallery.

Can you explain to me the point of this limerick? Are the three last verseslines meant literaryliterally or figuratively? I am not able recognize the comic effect except some vague sort of paradox.

There was a young rustic named Mallory,
who drew but a very small salary.
When he went to the show,
his purse made him go
to a seat in the uppermost gallery.

Can you explain to me the point of this limerick? Are the three last verses meant literary or figuratively? I am not able recognize the comic effect except some vague sort of paradox.

There was a young rustic named Mallory,
who drew but a very small salary.
When he went to the show,
his purse made him go
to a seat in the uppermost gallery.

Can you explain to me the point of this limerick? Are the three last lines meant literally or figuratively? I am not able recognize the comic effect except some vague sort of paradox.

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There was a young rustic named Mallory,

who drew but a very small salary.

When he went to the show,

his purse made him go

to a seat in the uppermost gallery.

There was a young rustic named Mallory,
who drew but a very small salary.
When he went to the show,
his purse made him go
to a seat in the uppermost gallery.

Can you explain to me the point of this limerick? Are the three last verses meant literary or figuratively? I am not able recognize the comic effect except some vague sort of paradox.

There was a young rustic named Mallory,

who drew but a very small salary.

When he went to the show,

his purse made him go

to a seat in the uppermost gallery.

Can you explain to me the point of this limerick? Are the three last verses meant literary or figuratively? I am not able recognize the comic effect except some vague sort of paradox.

There was a young rustic named Mallory,
who drew but a very small salary.
When he went to the show,
his purse made him go
to a seat in the uppermost gallery.

Can you explain to me the point of this limerick? Are the three last verses meant literary or figuratively? I am not able recognize the comic effect except some vague sort of paradox.

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