Punch,  11 (1846), 125.

The Snobs of England by One of Themselves: Chapter 30—English Snobs on the Continent  [30/52]

[William M Thackeray]


Serial, Essay, Satire


Astronomy, Instruments, Observation, Class

    Reports that his friend 'Panwhiski' criticized the telescope of William Parsons (3rd Earl of Rosse) for only allowing 'you to see a few hundred miles farther' and more of the same type of astronomical body. Believes snobs are like stars because 'the more you gaze upon those luminaries, the more you behold—now nebulously congregated—now faintly distinguishable—now brightly defined—until they twinkle off in endless blazes, and fade into immeasurable darkness'. Believes that one day some 'telescopic philosopher' or 'Snobonomer' will 'find the laws of the great science which we are now merely playing with'.

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