Whimsy

4 October, 2015 by katelaity

rabbits Bashful Earthquake“It is the first duty of a flagging spirit to seek renewal in the latitudes of whimsy. I, for one, dream on beyond the five planets to a world without wickedness; verdant, mild, and populated by amiable lapins.”

-Benjamin Franklin, letter to his nephew, 1771

[Thanks to Kate Moss for the quote!]

Image taken from the great British Library cache of free images:

Title: “The Bashful Earthquake, and other fables and verses … With many pictures by the author”
Author: HERFORD, Oliver.
Shelfmark: “British Library HMNTS 011651.i.23.”
Page: 83
Place of Publishing: pp. viii. 126. Downey & Co.: London, 1899

I just like how it looks as if the one rabbit is pretending to shoot at the others, as if warning them what horrors await them.

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