GSOH: George Eliot


A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.

George Eliot 1819-1880

Daniel Deronda, Ch 15

I have often wondered about the people who advertise themselves as having a ‘Good Sense Of Humour’. I suppose we all know people who have no sense of humour, but  I would rather spend my time with such a person than with someone whose sense of humour is radically different from my own. What hell it would be to spend eternity with someone whose sense of humour was restricted to whoopee cushions!

The illustration, via Wikimedia, is “Il est irrespectueux d’ajouter des moustaches au buste de sa bonne grand-mère.”  (It is disrespectful to add a moustache to the bust of one’s good grandmother). Illustration by Henry Gerbault († 1930) from the series “La Civilité puérile et honnête; advertisement card for Ricqlès & Co.

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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