Punch,  26 (1854), 70–71.

The Domestic Reformer; or, How Mr Paterfamilias Made Home Happy  [7/9]



Serial, Drama, Drollery


Domestic Economy, Chemistry, Experiment, Invention, Pollution, Gender

    Describes the aftermath of the disastrous home-brewing experiments tried by Mr Paterfamilias and his family. Mr Paterfamilias has written up his 'domestic experiences' for communication to the 'British public', but his wife points out that his letters to The Times concerning ventilating apparatus were never published. She goes on to criticise his experiments but he, adamant about doing something 'for the public good', proposes to publicise his fermentation experiments. (70) Later Mr Paterfamilias argues over the cost of home brewing with a neighbour and discovers that his experiments have produced vinegar.

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