Boy's Own Paper,  3 (1880–81), 133.

Plaguing a Philosopher! (A Pictorial Study for the Magic Lantern or Shadow Show)



Illustration, Drollery; Ballad

Relevant illustrations:

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Scientific Practitioners, Morality, Electricity, Instruments

    Represents the story of a 'grave philosopher' who, in the first illustration is seen poring over a large book 'in the study of intricate problems—for the benefit of humanity'. The next illustration shows two 'ruthless boys' who draw a caricature of the philosopher on his wooden gate. Later, the philosopher's enjoyment of reading a book in his garden is spoilt by the discovery of the boys and their graffiti. This was sufficient 'to ruffle the placid current of even a philosopher's mind' and so he connects his doorbell to an electric battery which, when the 'grinning urchins' ring on the bell, give them a nasty shock. The final illustrations show the contented philosopher and his cat. The parable concludes by insisting that the moral of the story is 'obvious'.

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