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What would you do if you found out your beloved was dead? Here’s another funny chronicle in my readings of Joe Miller’s Jests (1740)!

A wild young Gentleman having married a very discreet, virtuous young Lady; the better to reclaim him, she caused it to be given out at his Return, that she was dead, and had been buried: In the mean Time, she had so plac’d herself in Disguise, as to be able to observe how he took the News; and finding him still the same gay inconstant Man he always had been, she appear’d to him as the Ghost of herself, at which he seemed not at all dismay’d: At length disclosing herself to him, he then appear’d pretty much surpriz’d; A Person by said, ‘Why, Sir you seem more afraid now than before.’ ‘Ay, replied he, most Men are more afraid of a living Wife than a dead one.’

Hmm… I wonder how many Men would agree with that!

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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!

In Joe Miller's Jests (1740)

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!

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A Living Wife or a Dead One? – from Joe Miller’s Jests

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