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Social Pictorial Satire

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Author: George du Maurier (George Louis Palmella Busson du Maurier)
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,387 / 54 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 363
Added to site: 2004.07.10
mnybks.net#: 8801
Genre: Satire
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touching sight imaginable. The grave was near Thackeray's, who had died the year before. There were crowds of people, Charles Dickens among them; Canon Hole, a great friend of Leech's, and who has written most affectionately about him, read the service; and when the coffin was lowered into the grave, John Millais burst into tears and loud sobs, setting an example that was followed all round; we all forgot our manhood and cried like women! I can recall no funeral in my time where simple grief and affection have been so openly and spontaneously displayed by so many strangers as well as friends--not even in France, where people are more demonstrative than here. No burial in Westminster Abbey that I have ever seen ever gave such an impression of universal honour, love, and regret.

"Whom the gods love die young." He was only forty-six!

I was then invited to join the Punch staff and take Leech's empty chair at the weekly dinner--and bidden to cut my initials on the table, by his; his monogram as it w

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