Mokeana; or, The White Witness [1/5]
[Francis C Burnand] *
Serial—Illustration; Short Fiction
Human Development, Descent, Evolution, Animal Behaviour
This opening full-page article is a notable departure for Punch: it is designed to resemble the first page of a serialised sensation novel, with opening illustration and three columns of text. The illustration shows a simian-looking character riding a horse during a thunderstorm at night. The text describes the arrival in England of two figures, one 'a short, stout, hunchbacked man, about six feet three in height', who tries to climb a vertical cliff face using his teeth to grip on to projections from the cliff (). Later the hunchback steals a horse, 'Moke Anna, or Mokeanna', from a farm where he finds morsels of meat to eat and which he later sets on fire (72). He makes his escape on the horse.
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