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In Storm In The Village, chapter 17, Joseph Coggs is on his way home from school in a rainstorm, when he encounters his little sisters paddling in a large puddle. When he warns them that their mother will be furious with them for soaking their shoes, they tell him they don't care. As he runs off, Joseph shouts a cautionary verse at them.

The lines he shouts are actually the second verse of a British nursery rhyme, probably originating in London's East End, about the perils of not caring about the consequences of your actions.


Don't care didn't care,
Don't care was wild:
Don't care stole plum and pear
Like any beggar's child.

Don't care was made to care,
Don't care was hung:
Don't care was put in a pot
And boiled till he was done.

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