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Dr. Jekyl and Mrs. Brown
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24 February 2014
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John and Paul's trip to New York in May 1968 feels like an immensely important moment to me, for a few reasons, one of which is that--just look at the timeline--it was just after they returned that John had his idea that he was Jesus Christ reborn, and just after *that* that he truly began an affair with Yoko.

There's a great account of that trip, by the way: Lillian Roxon's "101 Hours with John Lennon & Paul McCartney."

Anyway, one of the things that has always puzzled me is John's line in the interview with Larry Kane.


Kane asked:

"Do you ever envision a time of just ceasing being the Beatles and going off on your or, or even working together…” He didn’t finish his question before John and Paul jumped in. They talked over each other for just a moment. Then:

John: “We do work on our own anyway now.”

Paul: “We are the Beatles. That’s what we are.”

John: “We’re also Apple as well you see and Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Brown. They’re meant to be nice, you see.”

So the question is, what's up with the "Mrs. Brown" reference? I've seen it suggested that John is alluding to the Virginia Woolf essay, "Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown" which makes sense as a mash-up with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and it does help explain the sentence as John saying, "Look, we're people you see in one way, but we're actually much more complicated underneath the surface. You think we're nice, and you want to put us in some kind of box, but we've got a lot more going on than you realize." But I'm out on such a limb here, especially not even knowing if he meant to point to Woolf's essay. Any thoughts or intel on this?

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@Oudis, See posts 21 and 23.


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Forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit” (“Perhaps one day it will be a pleasure to look back on even this”; Virgil, The Aeneid, Book 1, line 203, where Aeneas says this to his men after the shipwreck that put them on the shores of Africa)

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