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Protest single work   poetry   "Behold me! the broth of a boy"
Issue Details: First known date: 1864... 1864 Protest
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  • Author's note: A somewhat sedate, though spirited, Lad named Maurice, being supposed to be partial to the cereal "Oryza" as an article of diet, was by certain of his young Companions, jocularly asserted to have derived his cognomen from rice or ice. Whereupon I published for him the following indignant [protest]:
  • Author's note: The force of this jeu de mots lies entirely in the chance assonance of the word "Maurice," "more-rice," "more-ice," and the Boy's liking a particular description of food. Thus, whenever the provende in question was introduced at table, Master M. would certainly be an applicant for his due share thereof.
  • Author's note: 1855.

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