The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins Rules and Order Quotes Page 2
"All right," sighed the executioner, "but first you've got to take off your hat.""Why?" asked Bartholomew."I don't know," said the executioner, "but it's one of the rules. I can't execute anyone with his hat on." (112-114)
Rules outdoing rules. In Didd, it seems even the King's rules can't overcome the King's rules, so long as the latter came before the former. Or is it the former before the latter? Man, law is complicated.
But the King was quicker than Wilfred. He grabbed him by the back of his fine collar. "This is to teach you," His Majesty said sternly, "that Grand Dukes never talk back to their King." And he turned the Grand Duke Wilfred over his knee and spanked him soundly, right on the seat of his royal silk pants. (138)
Even Grand Dukes need to follow the rules. Well, he doesn't need to follow the rules, but the penalty is not only severe but also embarrassing.