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CHAPTER PAGE i on the nature of humor
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absurd American humor amusement Anita Loos Bab Ballads bad spelling beautiful better burlesque called century Charles Dickens comic verse contrast convey delightful discomfiture Don Quixote E. V. Knox E. V. Lucas effect England English epigrammatic example expression of humor Falstaff famous French funny gentleman Greek Gunga Harry Graham human humor humor of character humorist idea incongruity Ingoldsby Legends joke Jourdain kind kindly language laugh laughter lecture literary literature look Mark Twain meaning meant mind mock-heroic moving narration never once parody pathos phrase Pickwick Pickwick Papers picture play poem primitive puns queer quoted realize recall rhyme runs satire seems sense Shakespeare silly sort sound story super-comic poet talk Tartarin tell thing Thomas Hood tion to-day turn ultimatum verbal Victorian W. S. Gilbert words write written