The Tout.—Ladies and Gentlemen, I have the honour to announce a sale of many interesting, beautiful, rare, quaint, comical, and necessary articles. Here you will find objects of taste, such as Babies’ Shoes, Children’s Petticoats, and Shetland Wool Cravats; objects of general usefulness, such as Tea-cosies, Bangles, Brahmin Beads, and Madras Baskets; and objects of imperious necessity, such as Pen-wipers, Indian Figures carefully repaired with glue, and Sealed Envelopes, containing a surprise. And all this is not to be sold by your common Shopkeepers, intent on small and legitimate profits, but by Ladies and Gentlemen, who would as soon think of picking your pocket of a cotton handkerchief as of selling a single one of these many interesting, beautiful, rare, quaint, comical, and necessary articles at less than twice its market value. (He sounds another flourish.)
Det är nu jag kommer att tänka på Charlotte Brontës bok Shirley, där talas om "mission-baskets", ibland kallade "Jew-baskets", en korg som cirkulerade mellan hemmen i församlingen, och som skulle fyllas med artiklar som kunde säljas till förmån för välgörande ändamål. Så här beskriver en av bokens personer korgen:
...conveying from house to house a monster collection of pin cushions, needle-books, card-racks, work-bags, articles of infant-wear &c. &c. made by the willing or reluctant hands of the Christian ladies of a parish, and sold perforce to heathenish gentlemen therof, at prices unblushingly exorbitant. The proceeds of such compulsory sales are applied to the conversion of the Jews, the seeking up of missing tribes, or to the regeneration of the interesting coloured population of the globe. Each lady-contibutor takes it in her turn to keep the basket a month, to sew for it, and to foist off its contents on a shrinking male public.