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Joke ID 16

Work: [1] 'The Book of Humour, ...'(1880, book)
> Transcription: [14] from page s: 21-22
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An Absent Mind.

A certain Scottish professor was not more remarkable for his writings on political economy, than for his frequent unconsciousness of what passed before him. His absence of mind was so remarkable, that his wife once wagered that she would accost him in the street inquire aster the health of herself and family, and that he would not recognise her. She actually won the wager. The professor was once taking a solitary walk on the banks of a canal, into which, in his abstraction, he walked. When within a yard of the centre, an honest woman, washing clothes behind him, bawledout, " Come oot, come oot, fule body, or ye'll be droon't." These warning sounds invading the tympanum of the professional ear, had the effect of making him turn right about and forthwith recover the dry land. The good woman, concluding him to be an idiot, sympathetically exclaimed, "Puir body ! atweel they hae muckle to answer for that lets ye gang yer lane!"



  • Book title: The Book of Humour, Wit & Wisdom. A manual of table-talk. [By L. C. Gent?]]
  • Date: 1880
  • Joke taken from: Page 21
  • Book Editor: GENT, L. C.
  • City: London, Edinburgh
  • Country: England, Scotland
  • Added by: ben
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