Gypsy Fortune-Teller

"A Fair Young Gypsy Fortune-Teller," a page from Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly, n.d. (1882); wove paper, about 7½ x 10 inches. On the reverse, an article gives a verse narrative, "a real story, told by a gypsy in Suffolk," about the devil appearing in the form of a donkey. Referring variously to "gypsies," "Roman Folk," and "Rommany folk," the article concludes with a lament that, sometime in the future they may become an "extinct race." The writer foresees: "Our grandchildren will never see the gypsy tent; that kettle which suggests unbounded richness of flavor— slung up over the fire of sticks; the barefooted brown little children; the black-eyed 'juvas' [women]; the old crone who hobbled to the front, equally ready with a blessing or a curse; the donkey and the cart. What will they sigh after, those bereaved grandchildren, when their civilization sits heavily as lead upon them, heavier than it is upon us?"