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Mrs. Caudle's Curtain Lectures

Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857) was the son of an actor-manager. After some time in the Navy and as an apprentice printer he became a playwright and later a journalist. He was a contemporary and friend of Charles Dickens. As a journalist he worked for Punch magazine in which Mrs Caudle’s Curtain Lectures were serialised, to be published in book form in 1846.

Job Caudle, the ‘hero’ of the book is a Victorian shopkeeper whose wife finds she can only talk to him without interruption in bed. Caudle, who outlives his wife, finds he can no longer sleep easily because of his memory of these ‘lectures’ and resolves to exorcise his wife’s memory by recording the lectures, it seems with a view to future publication for the edification of others. Jerrold’s humour shines through this insight into Victorian middle class culture.

Summary by Martin Clifton

Lecture 1: Mr. Caudle has lent five pounds to a friend
Lecture 2: Mr. Caudle has been at a tavern with a friend, and is
Lecture 3: Mr. Caudle joins a club –
Lecture 4: Mr. Caudle has been called from his bed to bail Mr. Prettyman from the watch-house
Lecture 5: Mr. Caudle has remained downstairs till past one, with a friend
Lecture 6: Mr. Caudle has lent an acquaintance the family umbrella
Lecture 7: Mr. Caudle has ventured a remonstrance on his day’s dinner: cold mutton and no pudding. – Mrs Caudle defends the cold shoulder.
Lecture 8: Caudle has been made a mason – Mrs Caudle indignant and curious
Lecture 9: Mr Caudle has been to Greenwich fair
Lecture 10: On Mr. Caudle’s shirt buttons
Lecture 11: Mrs Caudle suggests the her dear mother should
Lecture 12: Mr. Caudle having come home a little late, declares that henceforth
Lecture 13: Mrs Caudle has been to see her dear mother – Caudle on the
Lecture 14: Mrs Caudle thinks it
Lecture 15: Mr. Caudle again stayed out late. Mrs Caudle, at first injured and violent, melts.
Lecture 16: Baby is to be christened; Mrs Caudle canvasses the merits of probable godfathers
Lecture 17: Caudle in the course of the day has ventured to question the economy of
Lecture 18: Caudle, whilst walking with his wife, has been bowed to by a younger and even prettier woman than Mrs Caudle
Lecture 19: Mrs Caudle thinks
Lecture 20:
Lecture 21: Mr. Caudle has not acted
Lecture 22: Caudle comes home in the evening, as Mrs Caudle has
Lecture 23: Mrs Caudle
Lecture 24: Mrs Caudle dwells on Caudle’s
Lecture 25: Mrs Caudle, wearied of Margate, has
Lecture 26: Mrs Caudle’s first night in France
Lecture 27: Mrs Caudle returns to her native land.

Lecture 28: Mrs Caudle has returned home. The house (of course)
Lecture 29: Mrs Caudle thinks
Lecture 30: Mrs Caudle complains of the
Lecture 31: Mrs Caudle complains very bitterly that Mr. Caudle has
Lecture 32: Mrs Caudle discourses of maids-of-all-work and maids in general. Mr. Caudle
Lecture 33: Mrs Caudle has discovered that Caudle is a railway director
Lecture 34: Mrs Caudle, suspecting that Mr. Caudle has made his will, is only
Lecture 35: Mrs Caudle
Lecture the Last: Mrs Caudle has taken cold; the tragedy of thin shoes
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