Cornhill Magazine,  5 (1862), 129–52.

The Adventures of Philip on His Way Through the World; Shewing Who Robbed Him, Who Helped Him, and Who Passed Him By Ch. 29–30  [14/20]

[William M Thackeray]


Novel, Serial


Machinery, Steam-power, Medical Practitioners, Medical Treatment, Invention, Quackery, Commerce

    After commenting that if everyone who had ever written 'nonsensical' love letters 'would order a copy of this month's Cornhill from the publishers, what reams, and piles, and pyramids of paper our ink would have to blacken!', the narrator reflects, 'Not Hoe's engines, gigantic as they are, would be able to turn out Magazines enough for the supply of those gentle readers!' (136). Dr Brand Firmin reports that he was 'sure to prosper in his newly adopted country. He and another physician had invented a new medicine, which was to effect wonders, and in a few years would assuredly make the fortune of both of them'. Philip Firmin, however, muses that his physician father 'was never without one scheme or another for making that fortune which never came'. (144)


Thackeray 1862

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