So it’s no secret that Mary Poppins plays mind games. Most famously, she takes the kids out for a day trip in a chalk drawing, then when they return she tells them they’re making the whole thing up and she’s offended. She denies knowledge of the entire day’s worth of events and they’re flummoxed.
She also pulls a similar move on Mr. Banks:
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.
Why, precisely, Mary Poppins does this is never overtly explained. Does she honestly not remember the chalk drawing adventure? Did it perhaps not even really happen, and she’s telling the truth? Given how she departs at the end, that’s not likely. Perhaps we can assume that she’s got a contrary nature and it amuses her to mess with people… right?
But the other day while going over these events in my head, it dawned on me why she’s got this character trait. She was hired for it! Mary Poppins used the advertisement written by the children (and torn up and tossed into the fireplace) to draft her position requirements. One of the specifics: Play games, all sorts.
Be careful what you ask for, I suppose. 🙂