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By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes

So its Halloween time and I've had a quote from my favorite movie in my head for some time. It's what inspired this post. Ray Bradbury wrote the book "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and Disney turned it into a movie in 1983. While many know the quote, few are familiar with its interesting history.

Movie Poster for Disney's adaptation of Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes"

Shakespeare is actually the original creator of part of the known phrase. It derives from Macbeth, a line spoken by the second witch in reference to Macbeth himself. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow contributed to part of the rhyme borrowed from his "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day". And Mr. Ray Bradbury put it all together in his wonderful little story of a twist of fate spoken by the character Mr. Dark. And without further ado:

  • "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes. Then toll the bells both loud and deep, God is not dead, nor doth he sleep. The wrong will fail, the right prevail, With peace on Earth, good will toward men"

"Ill winds mark its fearsome flight, and autumn branches creak with fright. The landscape turns to ashen crumbs, when something wicked this way comes.

Crystal water turns to dark, where e'er its presence leaves its mark, and boiling currents pound like drums, when something wicked this way comes.

A presence dark invades the fair, and gives the horses ample scare, for chaos reigns and panic numbs, when something wicked this way comes."*