“It is customary on this day for boys to practise jocular deceptions. When they succeed, they laugh at the person whom they think they have rendered ridiculous, and exclaim, ‘Ah! you April fool!‘
Thirty years ago, when buckles were worn in shoes, a boy would meet a person in the street with —’Sir, if you please, your shoe’s unbuckled,’ and the moment the accosted individual looked towards his feet, the informant would cry—’Ah! you April fool!’ Twenty years ago, when buckles were wholly disused, the urchin-cry was—’Sir, your shoe’s untied;‘ and if the shoe-wearer lowered his eyes, he was hailed, as his buckled predecessor had been, with the said—’Ah! you April fool!’ Now, when neither buckles nor strings are worn, because in the year 1825 no decent man ‘has a shoe to his foot,’ the waggery of the day is—’Sir, there’s something out of your pocket.’ ‘Where?’ ‘There!’ ‘What?’ ‘Your hand, sir—Ah! you April fool!'”
–The Every-Day Book, John Hone, 1825
Goodness gracious. I don’t think my poor heart could stand such devilishly jocular deceptions. I’m certain I should swoon! Thank the Lord we live in gentler times.
That’s all for this week, you cute little doodlebugs!
I love you! Please be good to each other.
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