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    Default to live in a shoe?

    "It was appropriate for the old woman who had 'so many children she didn't know what to do' to live in a shoe."

    To live in a shoe? What does it mean? Why should old women with lots of children live in a shoe?

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    Default Re: to live in a shoe?

    There's a nursery rhyme about an old woman living in a shoe:
    There was an old woman
    Who lived in a shoe,
    She had so many children
    She didnít know what to do;
    She gave them some broth
    Without any bread,
    She whipped them all soundly
    And put them to bed.

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    Default Re: to live in a shoe?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eway View Post
    "It was appropriate for the old woman who had 'so many children she didn't know what to do' to live in a shoe."

    To live in a shoe? What does it mean? Why should old women with lots of children live in a shoe?
    This isn't an idiom, Eway. When I was a child I had books that showed the old woman and her children living in a giant shoe. It's a nonsense rhyme. It's not at all appropriate.

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    Default Re: to live in a shoe?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eway View Post
    "It was appropriate for the old woman who had 'so many children she didn't know what to do' to live in a shoe."

    To live in a shoe? What does it mean? Why should old women with lots of children live in a shoe?
    I believe that the author is using a nursery rhyme as a metaphor here. If the original quotation is really a quotation, it seems to be saying that women who have more children than they can raise or afford will be consigned to poverty and that result is a fitting punishment for their actions.

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    Default Re: to live in a shoe?

    Looks like the kids grew up and the old lady moved out.

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