Esoteric London

No. 427: Rivington Street, EC2

Posted in London Types by esotericlondon on October 18, 2011

Comedy Cafe, Rivington Street, London, EC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

In Strange Company – James Greenwood, 1874:

AT A BLIND BEGGARS’ TEA PARTY.

There were some funny songs too, all about courtship and sweethearting (all sung by blind singers), and a “laughing song,” the chorus to which was nothing but “Ha! ha! ha!” and it was really comforting to find, now that they were stirred to it, that they could laugh as heartily without eyes as with – a fact that previously I certainly should have been disposed to dispute. It was all right now as regards sociability, and I have no doubt that the laughing song did it. When it becomes a trial of good humour, even between blind men, who shall laugh the longest and the loudest, there seems nothing for the vanquished to do but clap hands with the victor, and hail him as a pleasant neighbour.

[ The complete chapter from which this text is taken can be read at http://www.victorianlondon.org by clicking here. R.D.]

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