Thanks to my ex-colleague Sean Dunne for the photo, and to his wife Anne for dragging him to Exeter Cathedral.

In 1792,
Nutcombe Quick
Of Nutcombe in Devon
Changed his name
To Nutcombe Nutcombe
In accordance with the will
Of Hannah Nutcombe Bluett.

Whether he came to rue it,
I do not know.

Was his new name
Double-negatively determinative?
Or acclaimed
As nominatively affirmative?

I do not know.
But this I know and know for sure:

The Revd Nutcombe Nutcombe
(Quondam Quick) LLB LLB
Died a long long time ago.

R.I.P. R.I.P.
Amen Amen.

Exeter Cathedral, 9 March 2021: "New Norman Discovery Behind Nutcombe Nutcombe’s Memorial"

"House by the Railroad," Edward Hopper, 1925


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