Punch,  54 (1868), 266–67.

Chikkin Hazard. Chapter XXIX. A Meeting Like This  [15/16]



Short Fiction, Drollery, Serial


Education, Lecturing, Language, Wonder, Microscopy, Pollution, Spiritualism, Industry

    In this chapter, the manservant William Nutt explains how he was 'apprenticed to a lecturer at the Polytechnic' where he 'acquired that scientific knowledge' which made him 'extremely happy', and where he 'mastered that clear and lucid style' of explaining the 'wonders of nature' and the marvels of the microscope. Adds that he has given his employer, Grace Marchmont, a survey of all the topics covered in the Polytechnic lectures, including the creatures in the Thames water drop, spiritualism, 'glass-blowing for the tails of peacocks, and the diving-bell'. (266) Proceeds to explain his experience as an aeronaut.

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