Punch,  46 (1864), 80.

Bores in Frost

Jeanie Brightway


Letter, Spoof


Human Development, Animal Behaviour, Hunting

    Written from the perspective of an aristocratic woman, who notes the 'wild-boars' which, owing to the 'late frost', are reported to 'have appeared in great numbers in different country places of France', and that 'hunting-clubs have been established' to kill them. She complains that British frosts have prompted the invasion of 'ladies' sanctum sanctorum' by 'bores'. Drawing an analogy between humans and animals, she laments the way that the frost makes the otherwise tame 'bores' wild, and that 'hunting-clubs' (to which bores typically belong) keep them away from ladies' quarters. Describes how ladies are scared by a 'rush of huge hairy bores', who are white-toothed, long-whiskered, and driven indoors by the hard weather, and who generally cause havoc. She criticises other women for hunting 'bores' and wishes to face them 'on equal terms' and bring them down 'with a dead shot in the heart'.

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