The Epigram Club
Extract—Introduction; Reportage, Spoof
One of the epigramists informs the company 'that in his village resided a physician and a vicar, who often walked arm in arm together. He thus introduces the following epigram: 'How D. D. Swaggers, M. D. rolls! / I dub them both a brace of noddies, / Old D. D. has the Cure of souls / And M. D. has the Care of bodies. / Between them both, what treatment rare / Our souls and bodies must endure, / One has the Cure without the Care, / And one the Care without the Cure' (292).
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