Social Taradiddles

Social Taradiddles. From English Society. Sketched by George du Maurier. Click on image to enlarge it.

Mrs. Gushington (aside to her husband) — “What a long, tiresome piece of music that was! Who’s it by, I wonder?”

Mr. Gushington.— “Beethoven, my love”

Mrs. Gushington (to hostess).— “My dear Mrs. Brown, what heavenly music! How in every bar one feels the stamp of the greatest genius the world has ever known!”

Unlike du Maurier’s many examples of Unlucky Speeches and Ill-Considered Utterances, in this cartoon the speaker makes the blunder that only her husband can hear. Another benefit of marriage!

du Maurier Cartoons Featuring Music & Musical Instruments

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English Society. Sketched by George du Maurier. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1897.

Created 1 July 2001

Last modified 1 May 2020