Punch,  50 (1866), 33.

A Romance of Colney Hatch



Letter, Spoof


Mental Illness, Hospitals, Human Development

    Discusses a letter in The Times describing how a man and woman began courting and secretly corresponding while incarcerated in Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum and, on being declared sane and then discharged, happily married. Believes that the couple behaved the same before and after they 'regained their senses', whilst normal couples, taken to be sane, do not seem to be able to achieve happy marriages. Concludes that 'most men seem to be mad whether in or out of a lunatic asylum, and most women appear equally mad'.

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