Punch,  41 (1861), 206.

Fashion for the Fireside. To Mrs J.



Poetry, Drollery


Heat, Invention, Accidents

    The poet offers his wife, Mrs J., a 'fireproof dress', explaining how distressed he is by the possibility that she will be 'burnt alive' through the ignition of 'all that attire'. He explains the combustible nature of the muslin, but reassures her that she will be safe from fire by wearing a dress called 'Premature Suttee'.

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