Punch,  26 (1854), 58–59.

The Domestic Reformer; or, How Mr Paterfamilias Made Home Happy  [6/9]



Serial, Drama, Drollery


Domestic Economy, Education, Chemistry, Experiment, Accidents

    Continues the story of Mr Paterfamilias's home-brewing experiments, in which members of his family, including his scientifically-inclined son, Newton, participate. The first phase of the experiment produces an unsatisfactory result (a small quantity of pale malt) but later that night, after Mr Paterfamilias has left the beer to ferment, Newton's 'inductive experimentalism' gets the better of him when he peers into the fermenting vessel and is struck by the exploding gases. Newton is later discovered by other members of his family and is chastised by his father as a 'rash but gifted child' (59).

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