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Mary Poppins (Character)
from Mary Poppins (1964)

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Mary Poppins (1964)
Mary Poppins: Our first game is called Well Begun is Half-Done.
Michael: I don't like the sound of that.
Mary Poppins: Otherwise titled Let's Tidy up the Nursery.
Michael: [to Jane] I told you she was tricky.

Mary Poppins: That's a piecrust promise. Easily made, easily broken.

Mary Poppins: [singing] Stay awake, don't rest your head. Don't lie down upon your bed. While the moon drifts in the skies... Stay awake, don't close your eyes. Though the world is fast asleep, though your pillow's soft and deep, you're not sleepy as you seem; stay awake, don't nod and dream... Stay awake... don't nod... and... dream.

Jane: Mary Poppins, we won't let you go!
Mary Poppins: Go? What on earth are you talking about?
Michael: Didn't you get sacked?
Mary Poppins: Sacked? Certainly not. I am never sacked!
Jane: Oh, Mary Poppins!
Jane, Michael: Hurrah, hurray, hurray, hurray, hurray, hurray...
Mary Poppins: Neither am I a Maypole. Kindly stop spinning about me.

Mary Poppins: [singing] Early each day to the steps of St. Paul's, the little old bird woman comes... In her own special way to the people she calls, come buy my bags full of crumbs. Come feed the little birds, show them you care, and you'll be glad if you do. Their young ones are hungry, their nests are so bare; all it takes is tuppence from you. Feed the birds, tuppence a bag. Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag... Feed the birds, that's what she cries, while overhead her birds fill the skies. All around the cathedral the saints and apostles look down as she sells her wares. Although you can't see it, you know they are smiling each time someone shows that he cares. Though her words are simple and few, listen, listen, she's calling to you. Feed the birds, tuppence a bag. Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag. Though her words are simple and few, listen, listen she's calling to you. Feed the birds, tuppence a bag. Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag.

Mary Poppins: We can't have them gallivanting up there like kangaroos, can we?

[Mary Poppins measures herself with her tape measure and reads what it says]
Mary Poppins: As I expected. "Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way."

Mary Poppins: In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and - SNAP - the job's a game!

Mary Poppins: [singing] So when the cat has got your tongue, there's no need for dismay! Just summon up this word, and then you've got a lot to say! But better use it carefully or it could change your life...
Busker: For example...
Mary Poppins: Yes?
Busker: One night I said it to me girl, and now me girl's me wife.
[Wife gets angry and hits him with tambourine]
Busker: Ow! And a lovely thing she is, too.
[Wife smiles]

Mary Poppins: [singing] Chim Chiminy, Chim Chiminy, Chim Chim Chiree! When you're with a 'sweep, you're in glad company.
Bert: Never was there a more happier crew, than them what sings Chim Chim Chiree Chim Chiroo! Chim Chim Chiminy Chim Chim Chiree Chim Chiroo...

Bert: All right, I'll do it myself!
Mary Poppins: Do what?
Bert: Bit o' magic!
Michael: A bit of magic?
Bert: It's easy! Let's see... You think.
[he, Jane, and Michael do so]
Bert: You wink.
[they do so]
Bert: You do a double blink.
[they do so]
Bert: You close your eyes... and jump!
[They jump onto the drawing, nothing happens]
Jane: Is something s'posed to happen?
Mary Poppins: Bert, what utter nonsense!
[gives an exasperated sigh]
Mary Poppins: Why do you *always* complicate things that are really quite simple? Give me your hand please, Michael. Don't slouch. One... two...
[They jump into the chalk picture]

Mr. Banks: Just a moment, Mary Poppins. What is the meaning of this outrage?
Mary Poppins: I beg your pardon?
Mr. Banks: Will you be good enough to explain all this?
Mary Poppins: First of all, I would like to make one thing quite clear.
Mr. Banks: Yes?
Mary Poppins: I never explain anything.
[exits]

Mary Poppins: Close your mouth, please, Michael. We are not a codfish.

Mary Poppins: You know, you *can* say it backwards, which is "docious-ali-expi-istic-fragil-cali-rupus" - but that's going a bit too far, don't you think?
Bert: Indubitably!

Mary Poppins: [singing] He traveled all around the world, and everywhere he went, he'd use his word, and all would say, "There goes a clever gent!"
Bert: [singing] When dukes or maharajahs pass the time o' day wi' me, I say me special word and then they ask me out to tea!
Mary Poppins, Bert: Oh, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious, if you say it loud enough, you'll always sound precocious! Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Mary Poppins: I beg your pardon, are you ill?
George Banks: I hope not.

Mary Poppins: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

George Banks: [singing] These silly words, like...
[speaks and stammers]
George Banks: Superca... superca... superca...
Mary Poppins: Supercallifragilisticexpialidocious.
George Banks: Yes, well done! You said it!

Parrot Umbrella: Awk, that's gratitude for you. Didn't even say goodbye?
Mary Poppins: No, they didn't.
Parrot Umbrella: Look at them! You know, they think more of their father than they do of you!
Mary Poppins: That's as it should be.
Parrot Umbrella: Well, don't you care?
Mary Poppins: Practically perfect people never permit sentiment to muddle their thinking.
Parrot Umbrella: Is that so? Well, I'll tell you one thing, Mary Poppins: you don't fool me a bit!
Mary Poppins: Oh, really?
Parrot Umbrella: Yes, really. I know exactly how you feel about these children, and if you think I'm going to keep my mouth shut any longer, I'll...
[she clamps his mouth shut]
Mary Poppins: That will be quite enough of that, thank you.

Mary Poppins: [as Jane and Michael run down the path in the chalk drawing] Don't fall and smudge the drawing!

[Uncle Albert had been asked if there is a way to get down from being up in the air]
Uncle Albert: There is a way. And frankly, I don't like to think of it, because you have to think of something sad.
Mary Poppins: Then do get on with it, please.
Uncle Albert: Let me see... I have the very thing: Yesterday, when the lady next door answered the door, there was a man there, and the man said to the lady, "I'm terribly sorry, I just ran over your cat."
[Jane and Michael descend from being up in the air]
Jane: Oh, that is sad.
Michael: The poor cat.
Uncle Albert: And the man said, "I'd like to replace your cat." And the lady said, "That's all right with me, but how are you with catching mice?"
[then they all burst out laughing and Jane and Michael re-ascend back to the tea table in the air]

Mary Poppins: [singing] Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, the medicine go down, the medicine go down. Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, in the most delightful way.

Mary Poppins: Never judge things by their appearance... even carpetbags. I'm sure I never do.

Mary Poppins: [watching Bert, Albert, Jane, and Michael laugh together on the ceiling] Why, it's the most disgraceful sight I've ever seen, or my name isn't Mary Poppins.
Bert: Speakin' o' names, I know a man with a wooden leg named Smith.
Uncle Albert: What's the name of his other leg?
[he, Bert, Jane, and Michael laugh]

Mary Poppins: People who get their feet wet must learn to take their medicine.

Mary Poppins: You *are* the father of Jane and Michael Banks, are you not?
[pause]
Mary Poppins: I said, you *are* the father of Jane and Michael Banks.
Mr. Banks: Well, really - yes, of course. And you brought your references, I presume; may I see them?
Mary Poppins: Oh, I make it a point never to give references. a very old-fashioned idea, to my mind.
Mr. Banks: Is that so? We'll have to see about that one then, won't we?
Mary Poppins: Now the, the qualifications... item one: a cheery disposition. I am *never* cross. Item two: rosy cheeks... obviously. Item three: play games, all sorts. Well, I'm sure the children'll find my games *extremely* diverting.
Mr. Banks: Now this paper, where did you get it from? I - I thought I tore it up.
Mary Poppins: Excuse me. Item four: you must be kind. I *am* kind, but *extremely* firm.
[looking suspicious]
Mary Poppins: Have you lost something.
Mr. Banks: [banging his head against the fireplace flue] Ah! Yes, you see... I thought that...

[repeated line]
Mary Poppins: Spit-spot!

Mary Poppins: Enough is as good as a feast.

Mary Poppins: [reading the advertisement] Now about my wages; the reference here is very obscure.
George Banks: [dazed] Very obscure.
Mary Poppins: We must be clear on that point, mustn't we?
George Banks: Yes, we must indeed.
Mary Poppins: I shall require every second Tuesday off.
George Banks: Every Tuesday.
[Banks stares into the fireplace]
Mary Poppins: On second thoughts, I believe a trial period would be wise.
Mary Poppins: [looks closely at him] Hmm. I'll give you one week - I'll know by then.

Michael: That's a funny sort of bag.
Mary Poppins: Carpet.
Michael: You mean to carry carpets in?
Mary Poppins: No, made of.

Mary Poppins: [measuring Michael with her magic tape measure] Just as I thought - 'Extremely stubborn and suspicious.'
[Jane laughs]
Michael: I am not!
Mary Poppins: See for yourself.
Michael: [reading] 'Extremely stubborn and sups... '
Mary Poppins: Suspicious. Now you, Jane.
[measures Jane]
Mary Poppins: Hmm. 'Rather inclined to giggle, doesn't put things away.'
[Michael laughs]

Jane: [tasting Mary Poppins' magic medicine] Lime cordial, delicious!
Michael: Strawberry! Mmm.
Mary Poppins: Rum punch! Quite satisfactory.
[hiccups]

Mary Poppins: Silence please, it's time to go to sleep.
Jane: Oh we couldn't possibly go to sleep, so many lovely and excited things happened today!
Mary Poppins: Did they?
Jane: Yes! When we jumped into Bert's chalk picture!
Michael: And we rode the merry-go-round, and the horses jumped off...
Jane: And we all went riding down the country side!
[they jump up and down shouting riding cries; Mary Poppins acts indifferent]
Mary Poppins: Really?
Jane: Mary Poppins, don't you remember? You won the horse race!
Mary Poppins: A respectable person like me, in a horse race? How dare you suggest such a thing!
Michael: But I saw you do it!
Mary Poppins: Now not another word or I shall have to summon a policeman! Is that clear?

[Andrew the dog comes up to Mary Poppins and starts barking]
Mary Poppins: Not so fast please, I can't understand a word you're saying.
[Andrew barks slower]
Mary Poppins: Again? Oh, the poor man!
[Andrew barks again and sneezes]
Mary Poppins: Bless you.
[Andrew barks again]
Mary Poppins: Why yes, of course, there's not a moment to lose. I'll go straightaway! And thank you very much.
[Andrew barks]
Jane: What did he say?
Mary Poppins: He said 'You're welcome.'
Jane: What else did he say?
Michael: I don't think he said anything!
Mary Poppins: You know best, as usual.

Jane: An outing with father?
Mary Poppins: Yes.
Michael: I don't believe it!
Jane: He's never taken us on an outing before.
Michael: He's never taken us anywhere!
Jane, Mary Poppins: However did you manage it?
Mary Poppins: Manage what?
Jane: You must have put the idea in his head somehow.
Mary Poppins: What an impertinent thing to say! Me, putting ideas into people's heads? Really!
Jane: Where's he taking us?
Mary Poppins: To the bank.
Jane: Oh Michael, the city! We'll see all the sights and father can point them out to us!
Mary Poppins: Well, most things he can. Sometimes a person we love, through no fault of their own, can't see past the end of his nose.

[Mary Poppins is leaving]
Michael: She doesn't care what happens to us.
Jane: She only promised to stay until the wind changes. Isn't that right Mary Poppins?
Mary Poppins: Will you be good enough to fetch my hatstand please?
Jane: Mary Poppins, don't you love us?
Mary Poppins: And what would happen to me, may I ask, if I loved all the children I said goodbye to?


Meri Poppins, do svidaniya (1983) (TV)
Boy: Mary Poppins, where did you sleep last night?
Mary Poppins: Ladies do not answer such questions because gentlemen do not ask them.