Quote Misfire

Funny exchange at work the other day.  Not technically Shakespeare related, but it could just as easily have been:
“You’re a better man than I am.”

“By the living god that made me?”


“Kipling?  Gunga Din?”

“I recognize it, yes, you just caught me off guard.”

“I remember that bit, but I can’t remember how it starts….though I’ve batted and I’ve brayed you?  By the living god that made you, you’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din.”

“Sounds familiar, but you’re way beyond me.”

[Google google google]  “Ah!  Though I’ve belted you and flayed you…”

“That makes more sense.”

“You know, I’m happy that I had that wrong, because if I’d seriously managed to pull a frickin Gunga Din reference out of thin air, and done so accurately, I would have been impossible to live with.”

“Yes, I can imagine that would be true.”

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