Rego often works on paper and in series. Most of her work involves storytelling. This work recalls memories of the artist's childhood in Portugal, with animals taking on human characteristics. The story referred to in the title was told to the artist by a friend and is based on a passage in Elias Canetti's autobiography. The author relates a scary childhood reminiscence in which his nanny's boyfriend threatens to cut out his tongue. Rego has painted the small bear tied to the nanny. She said 'the one who is most wicked is not the bogeyman but the nanny who has strapped him up. She is so possessive and horribly evil that while I was painting the front bear another little bear appeared behind it.'