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The essence of the ludicrous consists in surprise, – in unexpected terms of feeling and explosions of thought, – often bringing dissimilar things together with a shock; as when some wit called Boyle, the celebrated philosopher, the father of chemistry and brother of the Earl of Cork.

— Edwin Percy Whipple

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Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “The essence of the ludicrous consists in surprise, – in unexpected terms of feeling and explosions of thought, – often bringing dissimilar things together with a shock; as when some wit called Boyle, the celebrated philosopher, the father of chemistry and brother of the Earl of Cork.”


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “The essence of the ludicrous consists in surprise, – in unexpected terms of feeling and explosions of thought, – often bringing dissimilar things together with a shock; as when some wit called Boyle, the celebrated philosopher, the father of chemistry and brother of the Earl of Cork.”

Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “The essence of the ludicrous consists in surprise, – in unexpected terms of feeling and explosions of thought, – often bringing dissimilar things together with a shock; as when some wit called Boyle, the celebrated philosopher, the father of chemistry and brother of the Earl of Cork.”

Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “The essence of the ludicrous consists in surprise, – in unexpected terms of feeling and explosions of thought, – often bringing dissimilar things together with a shock; as when some wit called Boyle, the celebrated philosopher, the father of chemistry and brother of the Earl of Cork.”

Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “The essence of the ludicrous consists in surprise, – in unexpected terms of feeling and explosions of thought, – often bringing dissimilar things together with a shock; as when some wit called Boyle, the celebrated philosopher, the father of chemistry and brother of the Earl of Cork.”

Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “The essence of the ludicrous consists in surprise, – in unexpected terms of feeling and explosions of thought, – often bringing dissimilar things together with a shock; as when some wit called Boyle, the celebrated philosopher, the father of chemistry and brother of the Earl of Cork.”

Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “The essence of the ludicrous consists in surprise, – in unexpected terms of feeling and explosions of thought, – often bringing dissimilar things together with a shock; as when some wit called Boyle, the celebrated philosopher, the father of chemistry and brother of the Earl of Cork.”
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