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Mother Maudlin was a retched old witch, and Scathlock says he is yet more sure that the raven was she, because in her own form he has just seen her broiling the raven's bone by the fire, sitting "In the chimley-nuik within.
Of course this was not Maid Marian at all, but Mother Maudlin, the old witch, who had taken her form in order to make mischief.
When Mother Maudlin comes to thank Maid Marian for her present, she is told that no such present was ever intended, and so she in anger curses the cook, casting spells upon him:
And certain too it is that Mother Maudlin has done it.
Mother Maudlin then calls for Puck-hairy, her goblin.
The good people get happily married and all the bad people become good, even the wicked old witch, Mother Maudlin.
We grew maudlin, and all talked and shouted at once.
You don't even know that a child was born of this maudlin pair; you don't even know that.
And being led and tempted on by this remorseful thought into a condition which the evil-minded class before referred to would term the maudlin state or stage of drunkenness, it occurred to Mr Swiveller to cast his hat upon the ground, and moan, crying aloud that he was an unhappy orphan, and that if he had not been an unhappy orphan things had never come to this.
At once ferocious and maudlin, I was made to murder my uncle with no extenuating circumstances whatever; Millwood put me down in argument, on every occasion; it became sheer monomania in my master's daughter to care a button for me; and all I can say for my gasping and procrastinating conduct on the fatal morning, is, that it was worthy of the general feebleness of my character.
Maudlin and sentimental, at times twee, but frontman Fran Healy knows how to write a hit song.
FATALISM hangs over this magnificently maudlin and bitterly bleak Russian drama, which won best film at 2017's prestigious London Film Festival.