by Catriona Mills

Moderately Obscure Nineteenth-Century Lit Joke

Posted 4 October 2011 in by Catriona

I make my own fun.

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1

Drew wrote at Oct 5, 09:40 PM

You’re gonna have to explain this one.

2

Catriona wrote at Oct 5, 09:45 PM

Opening line of Bulwer Lytton’s Paul Clifford: “It was a dark and stormy night, the rain fell in torrents except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the house-tops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness”.

Snoopy cartoon:

(Which I snagged from here).

3

Drew wrote at Oct 5, 10:41 PM

Of Course! Brilliant! lol

4

michelle wrote at Oct 31, 04:09 AM

Are there any popular 19th century lit jokes? Aren’t they all obscure? By the way, I was trying to work out what what was going on between the actress and the gentleman and the dark and stormy night. I entirely missed the Snoopy thing.

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Catriona wrote at Oct 31, 08:20 AM

Their popularity depends on which circles you’re moving in.

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