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Edward Lear’s Walk on a Windy Day (1860)

An Edward Lear story concerning a man, referred to simply as E.L., taking the grave risk of going out for a walk on a windy day and living the consequences. These ten rare sketches are in a bound edition living in the Frederick R. Koch Collection at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in Yale University.

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December 26. 1860
1. B.H.H. remonstrates with E.L.on his determination to get out of doors on a windy day.
2. L. goes out, but finds the wind inconveniently high.
3. L. is carried off his legs into the hair [sic] all among the birds.
4. L. continues to fly straight forward.
5. L. continues to fly on, & is joined by some friendly geese.
6. L. & the geese being tired, rest superficially on the branch of an oak tree.
7. L. is gradually blown away farther & farther & farther & fluff.
8. The last view but one of E. L. as he appeared on the windy day of June 2, 1860.
9. Last view of E. L. before he was teetotallaciously blown away.