Stern reality: This woman of substance—somebody’s mother-in-law, we imagine—is by no means uncommon. She … is possessed of extraordinary pluck, and manages, slowly but surely, to see all of the other sights. The donkey-boys, it is rumoured, do not take on the job for purposes of physical training. The lady’s purse, it is said, is also fat … As for the donkey who bears her—well, that’s why he is called a donkey.