Punch,  26 (1854), 42–43.

The Domestic Reformer; or, How Mr Paterfamilias Made Home Happy  [5/9]



Serial, Drama, Drollery


Adulteration, Domestic Economy, Periodicals, Reading, Gender, Analytical Chemistry, Education, Experiment, Cruelty, Language

    Concerns Mr Paterfamilias's new interest in food adulteration. Having learnt about the horrors of food and drink adulteration from a 'valuable periodical', he argues that greater chemical instruction would enable more people to detect adulteration. Paterfamilias's daughters grumble about their scientifically-inclined brother, Newton, and his dangerous and cruel experiments, and he shocks his wife by identifying the substances with which foods and drinks are adulterated. Later he decides to solve the problem by brewing his own beer, a process that whets the appetite of Newton who baffles his mother with long scientific words.

© Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Project, Universities of Leeds and Sheffield, 2005 - 2020

Printed from Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical: An Electronic Index, v. 4.0, The Digital Humanities Institute <http://www.sciper.org> [accessed ]