I have been reading Joe Miller’s Jests (1740) recently, which is a book that compiles many short comical situations that the author had witnessed or heard about during his life.
This one made me giggle!
A Note: In the eighteenth century, the letter ‘s’ was written in its elongated form (similar to ‘f’) at the beginning of a word, in the middle of the word and also when written twice, as in ‘lass’.
For some reason it has been hard for me to imagine the people of the ages having a sense of humour! This type of joke book reveals what sort of things people found funny in the eighteenth century. It’s my cup of tea!
A Living Wife or a Dead One? – from Joe Miller’s Jests
Joe Miller’s Jests (1740) – read online