There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile.
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,
and they all lived together in a little crooked house.
A mention to the "Crooked House" is made in Agatha Christie's 1949 novel of the same name. The verse is too adapted in a manga by Kaori Yuki. It has been suggested that the verse refers to Charles I's regulation over England, Scotland and Ireland. Specifically, it has been suggested that the "corrupt human" whose tale is told in the verse is really Alexander Leslie, while the stile is the edge between England and Scotland, the home being a symbol of accord between the opposing forces and groups.