Punch,  61 (1871), 142.

A Sad Spectacle



Letter, Spoof


Disease, Instruments, Light, Sound

    Written from the perspective of a 'society' gentleman who notes a brief reference in Punch to the 'alarming increase in defective vision in this country' as shown by the use of 'double eye-glasses by young ladies of the upper and middle ranks of society'. Disappointed that no learned medical authorities have given their opinion on the subject, suggests that sufferers wear tinted spectacles 'with sideglasses as required'. Thinks that if nothing is done to stop this 'fashionable infirmity' then deafness may attack society—a contingency which would foster the widespread use of ear-trumpets. Concludes by noting that the 'lower classes' are not so badly afflicted with short sight.

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