Punch,  46 (1864), 40.

The Longest Joke on Record



News-Commentary, Drollery


Psychology, Human Development, Crime

    Discusses Edmund Falconer's new drama, which shows that 'solitary confinement for twenty years is a piece of experience that may be laughed at'—a claim that contradicts the belief that such an experience would 'turn a bad man into a savage, and a good one into an idiot'. Relates that the prisoner in Falconer's drama 'regards his punishment as a positively beneficial process' because it 'sharpens the enjoyment of fresh air, and the salutary privilege of exercise'.

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