Beware of Gluttony

Life and Death of Rich Mrs. Duck, a Notorious Glutton. New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1882. 

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Animal characters were frequently used in children’s stories cautioning against risky behavior, as in this case of Mrs. Duck, whose overeating leads to ill health and eventually death from gluttony.  The human element is never far away, as Mrs. Duck is described as a “fat lady”—giving the modern reader pause to ponder the complexities of  humor in the nineteenth century.

Adopted by Edith C. Mathis

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