Punch,  59 (1870), 39.

Thoughts of Great Men. (Now First Collected)  [3/6]



Extract, Spoof, Essay, Serial


Engineering, Human Development, Medical Practitioners, Health, Natural History, Observation

    A series of extracts that reflect contemporary themes. An extract from Adam Smith on love includes the line: 'Men have crossed oceans and Isthmuses of Suez for woman's sake, and come back crossed in love themselves'. An extract from Isaac Watts contains a list of proverbs, one of which advises: 'Dissemble: never show your teeth except to your dentist'. Finally, an extract from Gilbert White urges readers that their health can be improved on country rambles by paying attention to 'every page in the book of nature [...] the shape and colour of the cloud hanging over your neighbour', after which they can sit down for a meal 'with a thankful heart, a vigorous appetite [...] and bottle of the far-famed and world-renowned Nottinghamshire Sauce'.

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