Punch,  43 (1862), 198.

Serpents and Sponges

A Humble Sponge


Letter, Spoof

Relevant illustrations:



[Trident], pseud.  [Henry R Howard] *


Medical Practitioners, Medical Treatment

    The illustration shows a dentist in his surgery standing behind a large snake sitting in the dentist's chair. This refers to a passage in the article in which the author, following William Shakespeare's remark 'about a child being more objectionable than the tooth of a serpent', insists that if he were a dentist and confronted a serpent in his 'operating chair', he would tell the beast to consult his 'brother practitioners' instead.

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