Mrs. Caudle's Curtain Lectures, first published in the Punch; or, The London Charivari number for 19 April 1845 instalment. Page 61 in the 1866 edition. Wood-engraving 7.5 x 9.4 cm, framed. Engraved by the Dalziels. Twenty-sixth illustration in the third edition.— original illustration for "The Thirteenth Lecture" in
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"It is hard, I think, Mr. Caudle, that I can't leave home for a day or two, but the house must be turned into a tavern: a tavern? — a pothouse! Yes, I thought you were very anxious that I should go; I thought you wanted to get rid of me for something, or you would not have insisted on my staying at dear mother's all night. You were afraid I should get cold coming home, were you? Oh yes, you can be very tender, you can, Mr. Caudle, when it suits your own purpose. Yes! and the world thinks what a good husband you are! I only wish the world knew you as well as I do, that's all; but it shall, some day, I’m determined.
"I'm sure the house will not be sweet for a month. All the curtains are poisoned with smoke; and what's more, with the filthiest smoke I ever knew. Take 'em down, then? Yes, it’s all very well for you to say take 'em down; but they were only cleaned and put up a month ago; but a careful wife’s lost upon you, Mr. Caudle. You ought to have married somebody who'd have let your house go to wreck and ruin, as I will for the future. People who don’t care for their families are better thought of than those who do; I've long found out that. ["The Thirteenth Lecture. — Mrs. Caudle has been to see her dear mother. Caudle, on the "Joyful Occasion," has given a party, and issued the subjoined card of invitation," pp. 60-61]
Jerrold, Douglas. Mrs. Caudle's Curtain Lectures, as Suffered by the late Job Caudle.Edited from the Original MSS. by Douglas Jerrold. With a frontispiece by Leech, and as motto on the title-page, "Then, Pistol, lay thy head in Fury's lap. — Shakespeare." London: Punch Office; Bradburyand Evans, 1846.
Jerrold, Douglas. Mrs. Caudle's Curtain Lectures. Illustrated by John Leach and Richard Doyle. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1856.
Jerrold, Douglas. Mrs. Caudle's Curtain Lectures. Illustrated by Charles Keene. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1866.
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