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The jokelet, curiously enough, had already been printed in "Mark Lemon's Jest-Book," and was so far a classic that it is to be found in the "Arlequina" of 1694.
The serene old gentleman feels the pulse, with his head reflectively on one side, -- tells his little jokelet about Sir Astley Cooper, or some other worthy of the profession, -- shakes his fat sides with a cheery laugh, -- "And now, my dear," he says, "let us look at the tongue.
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