[DWJ] Archer's Goon and Passover

Deborah Meghnagi deborah at brightweavings.com
Wed Apr 9 18:47:42 EDT 2014

Love it! Although I think torquil is a bit too nice to be pharaoh :-) 
thanks for this spin on one of my favourite dwj books!

From: "Gili Bar-Hillel" <gbhillel at netvision.net.il>
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 3:22 PM
To: "Diana Wynne Jones discussion" <dwj at suberic.net>
Subject: [DWJ] Archer's Goon and Passover 

A friend posted on Facebook her 4-year old's version of the Four Sons from
the Passover Haggada.

To those of you who are not familiar with Jewish tradition, the four sons
are mentioned in the Haggada as representatives of four different types of
children, each of which requires a different educational approach if one 
to teach them the story of Passover. There is the wise son, the wicked 
the simple son, and the son who knows not how to ask questions. There are
many symbolic interpretations of these characters, in which the four sons
variously represent different aspects of human nature, different stages of
personal development, different generations slipping towards assimilation,

Anyway, according to my friend's 4-year old, the story of the four sons
goes like this: all the sons hated the wicked son, and they ganged up on
him, and then he said he was sick and tired of this, all he ever wanted to
be was an astronaut, and he built a spaceship and lifted off to outer

To me this very strongly evoked Archer's Goon. I thought about it a bit.
Hathaway is the wise son, Archer the wicked son, Erskine the simple son,
and Venturus the son who knows not how to ask questions. And Torquil?
Torquil is Pharoah, of course!

Happy spring holidays!

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