Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete eBook

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To the performers, and to them alone, are we indebted for any of the amusement this trifle affords.  Mr. Keeley and Mrs. Waylett were, so far as acting goes, perfection; for never were parts better fitted to them.  There are only three characters in the piece; the third, the hostess of the "Cochon bleu," is very well done by Mrs. Selby.  The persecuting Adolphe (who turns out to be the gentleman’s nephew) never appears upon the stage, for all his rude efforts to get into the lady’s chamber are fruitless.

Such is the prying disposition of the British public, that the house was crammed to the ceiling to see a lady and a gentleman placed in a peculiarly perplexing predicament.

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  As Romeo, Kean, with awkward grace,
    On velvet rests, ’tis said: 
  Ah! did he seek a softer place,
    He’d rest upon his head.

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LATEST FOREIGN.

Several Dutch males arrived from Rotterdam during the last week.  They are all totally devoid of intelligence or interest.

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AN USEFUL ALLY.

  “Crack’d China mended!”—­Zounds, man! off this minute—­
  There’s work for you, or else the deuce is in it!

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“Draw it mild!” as the boy with the decayed tooth said to the dentist.

Webster’s Manganese Ink is so intensely black, that it is used as a marking-fluid for coal-sacks.

There is a man up country so fat, they grease the cart-wheels with his shadow.

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PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI.

VOL. 1.

FOR THE WEEK ENDING AUGUST 21, 1841.

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THE WIFE-CATCHERS.

A LEGEND OF MY UNCLE’S BOOTS.

In Four Chapters.

CHAPTER IV.

[Illustration:  T]The conversation now subsided into “private and confidential” whispers, from which I could learn that Miss O’Brannigan had consented to quit her father’s halls with Terence that very night, and, before the priest, to become his true and lawful wife.

It had been previously understood that those of the guests who lived at a distance from the lodge should sleep there that night.  Nothing could have been more favourable for the designs of the lovers; and it was arranged between them, that Miss Biddy was to steal from her chamber into the yard, at daybreak, and apprise her lover of her presence by flinging a handful of gravel against his window.  Terence’s horse was warranted to carry double, and the lady had taken the precaution to secure the key of the stable where he was placed.

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