Riddle Me This ~
said the Riddler to Batman.
I’m not the Riddler, though, I enjoy mind teasers. I am certainly not Batman. (Wouldn’t it be great to have all the gadgets Batman has?) Even though I am not the men listed above, I still have a riddle for you. Here it is: “He that will not stoop for a pin will never be worth a pound.” Get your thinking caps on, folks.
I know you are going to wonder what the following diatribe has to do with the riddle. Please humor an old gal and read on. At least 14 years ago I was the Young Women’s Camp Director for our church girls ages 12 to 18. That year our group of girls (aka Young Women) went to a joint summer camp with other girls from around our city. Camp was a lot of fun.
One of the fun things was the daily gift from a secret pal. Each of us was assigned a secret pal from another group and vice versa, leaders included. On the last day of camp my last gift from my secret pal was a cool perpetual calendar filled with folk wisdom. It’s been around a long time and I still use it. It has its own spot on my nightstand. I love this kind of stuff. And I am a collector of wise quotations. There are some gems in this calendar from my heroes like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and others. The calendar no longer stands upright. I have to lean it against my pen holder and place a rock with an inspirational word carved in it (another cool gift) against the front so it doesn’t fall flat like a rag doll.
So the above riddle (actually quotation) was on one of the pages. No authorship is given. I cannot for the life of me tease my brain hard enough to figure out what it means.
“He that will not stoop for a pin, shall never be worth a pound.” A pound could refer to British currency. Could be referring to weight, but I am not too sure about that. If I knew what “pin” referred to the rest of the quote would be easy to figure out.
Pin – a hat pin, a lynch pin, a stick pin? Those don’t seem to fit. Pin – a push pin, a fraternity pin? (In the past the frat brother gave his pin to a special girl indicating the couple was going steady or about to become engaged.) None of those things seem logical. If I saw a push pin on the ground I would pick it up so no one got the surprise of his/her life by stepping on it. I would throw it away; not save it. Maybe that’s why I am not worth a pound? Could it be?
Nah. None of those make sense either. So being a woman of resourcefulness and superior intelligence (though this riddle/quote is making me question that) I went to my very huge, very heavy dictionary. (Good old Webster would be proud of me for having a tome like this in my house, and even more proud when he saw that I really do use it.) I thought pin may have been an archaic word indicating some sort of money. In addition to some of the above definitions there were many others. None, however, referring to old coinage or weights.
So, folks, I am no closer to figuring this out. Somebody help! If you do know what the words pin and pound are referring to would you please be so kind as to enlighten me? I would greatly appreciate it. It drives me crazy when I can’t figure something out. Please, stop my insanity, okay?
And just to make things more interesting here’s a quote/riddle that follows the same line of thinking. “See a pin and pick it up, all the day you’ll have good luck; see a pin and let it lie; you’ll want a pin before you die.” Huh?
Enjoy solving the riddle and have a great day. Blog You Later!