The Fetters and the Fleece
Exhibitions, Amusement, Animal Behaviour, Race
The initial letter of the article is part of an illustration showing a beaver sitting at an artist's easel, on the other side of which sits a man tied with a rope and playing a drum. The text begins by noting the 'instructive' nature of exhibiting 'specimens of the inferior creation', observing that the 'monkeys at the Zoological are not models' even though 'we all go to see them', and that we see 'Pictures of the French Drawn by Themselves'. Criticizes Silken Fetters, Leicester S Buckingham's adaptation of Augustin E Scribe's drama, Une Chaîne. Acknowledges that if Buckingham were a naturalist he would be 'too conscientious' not to label gorillas in a cage 'gorillas' and would 'not put them into trousers and crinoline, and say they were Irish people', but questions why he had given Scribe's 'monkeys' 'English names and transferred the scene of their antics to this country'.
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