Punch,  39 (1860), 159.

The End of the Sea-Side Season



Reportage, Drollery


Mental Illness, Hospitals, Disease, Animal Behaviour

    Presents a report from its 'Ramsgate Correspondent' who describes the desertion of the seaside town, and observes that the few remaining visitors 'move about with all the air of melancholy maniacs' and 'run the risk of being carried off to private madhouses, and clapped in strait waistcoats'. Adding to the sense of desertion are the flies that have 'flown away, or else are hibernating in the back slums' and the riding horses that have 'returned to their normal occupations [...] drawing bakers' carts, or working in a circus'. Concludes by noting that some cats are the 'only beasts of prey left preyable'.

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