Faces and Places

Sir Henry W. Lucy (1842 - 1924)

Faces and Places is a collection of articles on nineteenth century travel, events and personalities by the British journalist Henry Lucy, who wrote for the Daily News, a London newspaper. His open letter To Those About to Become Journalists rings as true today as when it was written.

The first article, "Fred" Burnaby, includes a lively account of a balloon trip, while Night and Day on the Cars in Canada and Easter on Les Avants relate Lucy's experiences of rail travel at that time. Other travel tales (A Night on a Mountain, Mosquitoes and Monaco, and Oysters and Arcachon) provide an insight into the Victorian Englishman's attitude to Europe.

Three of the pieces, With Peggotty and Ham, A Cinque Port and Christmas Eve at Watts's, concern the county of Kent, where Lucy had a country house. Christmas Eve at Watts's contains an interesting exposé of Dickens' short story The Seven Poor Travellers.

Other articles are of historical interest: A Wreck in the North Sea is an account of the wreck of the ship "Deutschland" in 1875; A Historic Crowd describes the massive popular interest in the 1871 trial of the Tichborne Claimant; The Battle of Merthyr contains an eye-witness account of the Merthyr Riots of 1831; The Prince of Wales paints a portrait of the future King Edward VII.

Lucy, who also wrote as "Toby, M.P." for the satirical magazine Punch, loved to poke gentle fun, particularly at the establishment, and this is especially evident in A Peep at an Old House of Commons and Some Preachers I Have Known.

This eclectic collection, mostly affectionately humorous, but with moments of great pathos, was originally published in 1892 in The Whitefriars Library of Wit & Humour.(Summary by Ruth Golding)

Genre(s): Humorous Fiction, Essays & Short Works

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter I - "Fred" Burnaby Ruth Golding
Play 02 Chapter II - A Night on a Mountain Ruth Golding
Play 03 Chapter III - The Prince of Wales Ruth Golding
Play 04 Chapter IV - A Historic Crowd Ruth Golding
Play 05 Chapter V - With Peggotty and Ham Ruth Golding
Play 06 Chapter VI - To Those about to Become Journalists Ruth Golding
Play 07 Chapter VII - A Cinque Port Ruth Golding
Play 08 Chapter VIII - Oysters and Arcachon Ruth Golding
Play 09 Chapter IX - Christmas Eve at Watts's Ruth Golding
Play 10 Chapter X - Night and Day on the Cars in Canada Ruth Golding
Play 11 Chapter XI - Easter on Les Avants Ruth Golding
Play 12 Chapter XII - The Battle of Merthyr Ruth Golding
Play 13 Chapter XIII - Mosquitoes and Monaco Ruth Golding
Play 14 Chapter XIV - A Wreck in the North Sea Ruth Golding
Play 15 Chapter XV - A Peep at an Old House of Commons Ruth Golding
Play 16 Chapter XVI - Some Preachers I Have Known (Part 1) Ruth Golding
Play 17 Chapter XVI - Some Preachers I Have Known (Part 2) Ruth Golding