Informational Site NetworkInformational Site Network
Privacy
 
  Home Stories Jokes Joke Topics Jokes Riddles Anecdotes Irish Humour Jests Canadian Humour Puns Animal Anecdotes Free Jokes Humour Scenes


Most Viewed

Grace After Dinner
A Dog's Religion
The Upstart
His Duel With Captain D'esterre
His Birth
A Certificate Of Marriage
Wisdom
A Mistaken Frenchman
A Courtier's Retort
The Serenading Lover


Least Viewed

His Birth
Retentive Memory
His Reception At The Rotundo By The Volunteers
O'leary And Captain Rock
An Insolent Judge
His Person And Mode Of Argument
O'connell And Secretary Goulburn
Lord Clare
His Defence Of Archibald Hamilton Rowan
His Interview With Dr Mann


Random Irish Humour

Arthur O'leary
A Certificate Of Marriage
Scene Between Fitzgibbon And Curran In The Irish Parliament
A Dead Man With Life In Him
Lots Drawn To Have Him At Dinner
Swift And Bettesworth
His Person And Mode Of Argument
Lord Clare
Entrapping A Witness
O'connell And A Bilking Client




Swift's Peculiarity Of Humor

Irish Humour Home






Trifles become of some consequence when connected with a great name, or
when they throw any light on a distinguished character. Spence thus
relates a story told by Pope: Dr. Swift had an odd blunt way that is
mistaken by strangers for ill nature. It is so odd that there is no
describing it but by facts. I'll tell you one that first comes into my
head. One evening Gay and I went to see him: you know how intimately we
were all acquainted. On our coming in, Hey-day, gentlemen (says the
Doctor), what's the meaning of this visit? How came you to leave all the
Lords that you are so fond of, to come here to see a poor Dean?
Because we would rather see you than any of them. Ay, any one that
did not know you so well as I do, might believe you. But since you are
come, I must get some supper for you, I suppose. No, Doctor, we have
supped already. Supped already, that's impossible! why it is not eight
o'clock yet. That's very strange! But, if you had not supped, I must
have got something for you. Let me see what should I have had? A couple
of lobsters; ay, that would have done very well; two shillings: tarts, a
shilling. But you will drink a glass of wine with me, though you supped
so much before your usual time only to spare my pocket. No, we had
rather talk with you than drink with you. But if you had supped with
me, as in all reason you ought to have done, you must then have drank
with me. A bottle of wine, two shillings--two and two is four, and one
is five; just two and sixpence a piece. There, Pope, there's
half-a-crown for you; and there's another for you, Sir; for I won't save
any thing by you, I am determined. This was all said and done with his
usual seriousness on such occasions; and in spite of every thing we
could say to the contrary, he actually obliged us to take the money.





Next: Dr Bolton

Previous: Public Absurdities In Ireland



Add to del.icio.us Add to Reddit Add to Digg Add to Del.icio.us Add to Google Add to Twitter Add to Stumble Upon
Add to Informational Site Network
Report
Privacy
SHAREADD TO EBOOK


Viewed 2139