The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Saturday, July 03, 2004
Six Degrees teaser: Mrs Gaskell and Doris Day
BBC Radio 7 (!)  has just started broadcasting Wives and Daughters - made around fifteen years ago, I'd guess, when older actors (at least) could manage a decent RP - which prompted me to get up an etext .
And in the first paragraph of Chapter 3, one finds:
...the masculine reasoners of the little society, left off the attempt, feeling that the Che sara sara would prove more silencing to the murmurs than many arguments.
was written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans for Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 re-make of his 1934 film "The Man Who Knew Too Much" starring Doris Day and James Stewart.
There are endless arguments to be had over the words - as, for example, here - Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, grammatically correct or not, etc.
The Gaskell Che must be Italian. According to King's Classical and Foreign Quotations , on page 44, the phrase Che sarà, sarà is a proverb and the motto of the Bedford family. The book quotes a rather dull 1847 anecdote from a Miss Edgeworth (Maria Edgeworth, I assume) referring to Lord John Russell (a member of that family) and the Whig (or was it Liberal by then?) government's doctrinaire attitude to the Irish Famine .
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