Fables and Fancies
Thomsett, Richard Gillham
. Henry J. Drane . London
PN982.T566 1905 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This little (5 x 7.5) volume of 83 pages and 32 pages of advertisements contains twelve fables and ten fancies. The first three fables are sheer word-plays, climaxing in 'scent' from Heaven, Dye it yourself….Diet yourself, and--from a cobbler--Soled again! The humor spreads out in the next fable when two boys exclaim here comes a beard with a man! The Horse and the Ass tries harder to be a fable, I believe, but it may fall short when the ass gets sick from eating hay that is too rich for his stomach. More engaging is The Parrot and the Urn (19). Punsters will love the close of the next fable, an argument about power between a king and a stilton cheese. The last phrase here is all mitey. Each story has a black-and-white illustration. My favorite among these is of the joyous frogs at Doctor Fox's office throwing hats in the air since theirs was a case of Patients rewarded (28). After a while here, the puns kill me.