Found in Manners and Social Usages, by Mrs. John Sherwood (author of “A Transplanted Rose”), 1884



Nothing is prettier than an owl sitting on a ivy vine.
The owl, indeed, plays a very conspicuous part
at the modern dinner table.
His power of looking wise and being foolish
fits him for modern society.
He enters it as a pepper-caster,
a pickle-holder (in china).
A pun is made on his name.
He is a favorite in jewelry.
The own is having his day,
having had the night always to himself.

In 1897 the bicycle has become a favorite item
and the little wheels are made to revolve
and chase the favored hours with flying feet
down the table, bearing a very good copy
of a rider who bends over decidedly too much.

The squirrel, the dog,
“the frog that would a-wooing go,”
the white duck, the pig and the mouse
are all represented in china or
in their native skins.
Bears with ragged staffs,
cats playing on the Jews-harp,
elephants full of choicest confectionery,
lions and tigers with chocolate insides
play their part as favors
and even the marked face and long hair
of a poet,
the last holding within its ample cranium
instead of brains.


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