Maxwell's in the dock but he doesn't stand alone. His accomplice Paul McCartney must shoulder the blame too. The charges are as follows
The rhymes in themselves aren't bad, but driven by a need to rhyme the story gets distorted in all kinds of ways
- I must not be so... - so what?
- Is Maxwell at school or studying medicine at university? Medical school? (do you really have to write lines on the board at med school?)
- bang and clang? - presumably the clanging was caused by the hammer hitting the metal plates in everyone's heads?
I've paid good money for this dictionary, dammit!
Quizzical? Pataphysical? So you know big words – don't rub it in
Inigo Montoya rule
Pataphysics is a spoof science of imaginary solutions invented by Alfred Jarry (MacDonald p.357). No test tubes needed. Unless they're imaginary ones of course.
McCartney - a restraining order preventing you coming within 100 yards of a three syllable rhymes.
Maxwell – Your hammer will be taken away and given to Pete Seeger.