As the train stops . . .

As the train stops . . . by “JL” [John Leech]. Punch (1856). The long caption explains: “As the Train stops, Mr. P. (a most estimable Man and Husband) endevours to get some Stout for his Wife, who, from Circumstancs, is obliged to drink that Refreshing Beverage four or five times a-day. Mr. P. cannot find his Carriage, and, as the Train is rather behind Time, the Officials are in some hurry and confusion. (It will be observed that the Beer is much ‘Up’ and that this amiable genleman is much perplexed.) ” Mrs. P.'s “Circumstance” is probably that she is nursing a baby, since nursing mothers are still advised to drink Guinness on bth sides of thr Atlantic. The signs on the station wall include those for an excursion train, Mount Blanc, and, at the book stall, Punch (of course) and Dickens's Little Dorrit.

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