John Ingerfield and Other Stories

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Author: Jerome K. Jerome

To the Gentle Reader; Also to the Gentle Critic.

Once upon a time, I wrote a little story of a woman who was crushed to death by a python. A day or two after its publication, a friend stopped me in the street. "Charming little story of yours," he said," that about the woman and the snake; but it’s not as funny as some of your things!" The next week, a newspaper, referring to the tale, remarked, "We have heard the incident related before with infinitely greater humour."

With this—and many similar experiences—in mind, I wish distinctly to state that "John Ingerfield," "The Woman of the Saeter," and "Silhouettes," are not intended to be amusing. The two other items— "Variety Patter," and "The Lease of the Cross Keys"—I give over to the critics of the new humour to rend as they will; but "John Ingerfield," "The Woman of the Saeter," and "Silhouettes," I repeat, I should be glad if they would judge from some other standpoint than that of humour, new or old.

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Chicago: Jerome K. Jerome, "To the Gentle Reader; Also to the Gentle Critic.," John Ingerfield and Other Stories, ed. Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915 and trans. Evans, Sebastian in John Ingerfield and Other Stories Original Sources, accessed June 19, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QHL5G22CDM41BJ7.

MLA: Jerome, Jerome K. "To the Gentle Reader; Also to the Gentle Critic." John Ingerfield and Other Stories, edited by Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915, and translated by Evans, Sebastian, in John Ingerfield and Other Stories, Original Sources. 19 Jun. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QHL5G22CDM41BJ7.

Harvard: Jerome, JK, 'To the Gentle Reader; Also to the Gentle Critic.' in John Ingerfield and Other Stories, ed. and trans. . cited in , John Ingerfield and Other Stories. Original Sources, retrieved 19 June 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QHL5G22CDM41BJ7.