The latest fashionable complaint
Edward G. Dalziel
Fun Almanac 32 (9 June 1880): 6
Lady Amateur: — “Can you tell me if any ladies have been sketching down here. I saw some easels in a garden I passed just now.”
Agreeable Peasant: — “Measles, Miss! Yes, Miss, two ladies down ’ere they’s ketched it; and real pleased, I ’ear about it too — cos it’s so fashionable with the hup-grown hupper crust now. I dare say there’s a chance for yer, Miss.”
Like much late-Victorian humor, this especially obnoxious cartoon relies upon a pun or other play on words, class differences, lower-class speech, and a misunderstanding.
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