Close to one hundred humorous stories about petty crimes.
r again, the magistrate dismissed the complaint.
MANGLING AND MATRIMONY.
Mr. Thomas Turner was brought before the magistrate on a peace warrant, issued at the suit of his wife, Mrs. Eleanor Turner. There was a world of arguments pro. and con.; but we must content ourselves with a simple narrative of the principal facts.
Mr. and Mrs. Turner were married in September last, at which time he was not much more than seventy-three years old; and she was only fifty-six, the very day they went to church; consequently their experience was not so great as it might have been, had they been older. Nevertheless, they managed to get over the first six weeks, as Mr. Turner said, "pretty tightish." But after that time, his business began to fall off; and then Mrs. Turner, who was by profession a mangler, insisted on his turning the wheel of her mangle for her. Well, he did turn it; and turn it, and turn it, again and again, from six o'clock in the morning till nine at night
Utterly funny, actual newspaper accounts of petty disputes brought up before the majesty of law at Bow Street. The writing is funny, the justice dispensed mostly full of common sense and many laugh out loud moments.
There is an underlying pathos when ones reflects these were real people and real incidents from more than a century ago.
I haven't read very far into the book but I already like it. It's reminiscent of The Pickwick Papers. I almost thought Dickens was writing it under a pseudonym. I hope the humor of these little anecdotes keeps up!