Posted by Ilse on July 30, 1998 at 11:47:24:
In Reply to: Re: Dutchie.. his life and times posted by Elaine on July 30, 1998 at 11:11:08:
: : Just to tie up some loose ends here. Dutchie indeed moved up the Dutch societal ladder by marrying into the Van Rensselaer dynasty. He did very well for himself, and gathered a small fortune. Tragically, though, after a few years he fell prey to a debilitating disease called the "Fighting the Windmills Madness" (yes, there was that other guy more famous for it, but he lived in Spain, so that can't possibly be the real thing), and had to be locked up in an asylum. Here he spent the remainder of his days, frantically calling out to some guy called "Natty" to come and save him. Of course this Natty character was only a product of his deranged mind. Mystery surrounds his death. According to legend the Mighty Miller of the Midlands played a suspicious role in that. He was layed to rest in the family grave and on his gravestone were put the beautiful words: "Dutchie; thought you'd never go"
: : Ilse
: That is sad! A Netherland tragedy ... Would there be, perchance, a family connection with the Irvings of the Kaatskills? Rip Van Winkle sounds suspiciously like our dearly departed, however mad, Dutchie. And this "Fighting the Windmills Madness", is it at all
: similar to the present day "Mohican Madness" disease? A resistant strain, perhaps, that has weathered the centuries?
I have no intimate knowledge of these Irvings of Skaatskills, unfortunately. However, the Rip van Winkle character sounds like he could have come from our family line for sure. Our Windmills Madness is a sad but incurable disease which has many similarities to the Mohican Madness. In fact, maybe these are the early signs! All of you should watch yourself. As soon as you go out prowling the woods, mountains, seas and plains for those dangerous and devious windmills, remember! Perhaps! You may have caught it! In the early stages you might, just "might" get rid of it by going to Lourdes and dramatically jump in the water there.
: One last query, Ilse of the Lowlands, what have you heard in regards to the rumors of Dweebie Day-Lewis/Miss Marcia prodigy?
Wellllll, you know, this is dangerous ground. But! I have heard! This is just between us, right? Rumours say... A mysterious stranger visited the family grave last winter, claiming to be a relative of our notorious Dutchie ancestor. Claiming to come to give his respects, right? This mystery figure, I have heard, burst into tears reading that powerful message on the stone, and was overheard saying: "Oh Dad, Oh Dweeby Dad, if only you could be here with me on this historic Day-Lewis-day!" Now, the Miss Marcia connection... I cannot prove.... But... still??
Please: reader discretion, mayhap... parental guidance?
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