Mirror of Literature,  10 (1827), 246–47.

Dirty People



Extract, Miscellaneous, Drollery

Publications extracted:

Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine



    Suggests that there are people who are naturally dirty or clean. Asserts of the former: 'It is in the skin—in the blood—in the flesh—and in the bone—that with such the disease of dirt more especially lies' (246). Observes that 'there is more truth than Dr. Kitchiner was aware of in his apophthegm—that a clean skin may be regarded as next in efficacy to a clear conscience', and that 'the doctor had but a very imperfect notion of the meaning of the words—clean skin—his observation being not even skin-deep' (247).

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