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Mr. Caudle a Widower. —; Initial "I" — initial-letter vignette for "The Last Lecture" in Mrs. Caudle's Curtain Lectures, first published in Punch; or, The London Charivari on 8 November 1845, "Mrs. Caudle has taken cold; the Tragedy of Thin Soles." Wood-engraving, 6.3 cm high by 5.1 cm wide, framed, p. 185. Fifty-sixth illustration in the third edition.​ Although the text suggests that Margaret Caudle is expiring from pneumonia, she is by no means dead yet; her distinctive voice is very much alive. However, Keene shows Caudle in widower's weeds attending a wake on behalf of his dead wife.

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Passage Suggested

"Good-night. Yes, —; this cold does tear me to pieces; but for all that, it isn't the shoes. God bless you, Caudle; no, —; it's not the shoes. I won't say it's the key-hole; but again I say, it's not the shoes. God bless you once more —; But never say it's the shoes." [pp. 187-188]

Related Resources


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; Bradbury​ and 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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