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Mr Jorrocks’ Thoughts on Hunting
In fact they are not all Mr Jorrocks’ thoughts and they are not all on hunting. This collection of Surtees’ often barely concealed pensees about life, the universe and everything has become a great favourite with the ‘dip in as you fancy’ school of Surtees lover.
His observational eye and wry satire is levelled at everything from the standards of modern Inns to the difference between England and France. Sherry versus Madeira also receives calibration and Jorrocks’ version of an Ode to Spring is somewhere in the middle. Yet in fact much of the charm of this book lies in its peregrinatory nature. The collection is a brisk walk through early Victorian England with a very sporting guide.
“Small however as was the muster, there was a character out, to wit, the very clebrated Roger Dutton, a fine, hearty, hale, John Bull sportsman, dressed in a green coat, with a hunt button, white cords and brown tops, riding a fine, large stout, black horse, which he assured me had carried him three days a week for twelve years, without being either sick, sad or sorry.”