Droll Tales 25

A short tale with the author’s customary salacious double entendres this story describes how the young lady, with the help of the maid, outwits the magistrate attempting to wriggle out of a finding of rape because of the perpetrator’s wealth and standing at Court. The Folio Society entitles the tale “How the Portillon Beauty Scored over the Magistrate”; for The Bibliophilist Society it is “How The Pretty Maid of Portillon convinced her Judge”.

Here is Mervyn Peake’s illustration for the first of these;

and Gustave Doré’s for the second.

Further details of the publications are given in https://derrickjknight.com/2023/01/06/droll-tales-1/except that there are no pictures here by Jean de Bosschère as I do not have any of the third Decade by him.


  1. Two ladies outwitting the judge! OOH! What great subject matter! An interesting plot arousing the reader’s curiosity!
    And the illustrations are once fabulous, Mr. Doré’!
    (((HUGS))) ❤️

  2. The Mervyn Peake illustration is intriguing, so I looked him up online. I was surprised to find that he did the illustrations for Droll Tales when he was suffering from dementia.

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