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March 01, 2006

A ready wit

Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone were political rivals who both served as Prime Minister of Britain in the period 1868 - 1880.

Gladstone once accosted Disraeli on the topic of the latter's renowned wit, observing that Disraeli had the reputation of being able to make a joke on any subject. Disraeli responded that that was quite possible.

"Then I challenge you," said Gladstone. "Make a joke about Queen Victoria."

"Sir," replied Disraeli, "Her Majesty is not a subject."

From The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes.

Posted by joke du jour at March 1, 2006 06:00 PM

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