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Beatrix Potter





16.  Squire Fox Went Out in a Hungry Plight.
Edinburgh, London: George Waterson & Sons, [ca. 1880].
The Diana R. Tillson copy.

This spirited interpretation of the well-known song, "The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night," also casts the fox in the role of a sexual predator who happens to fancy eating his victims. Wrapped up in a greatcoat like a highwayman, Squire Fox drags two innocents in their nightgowns out of their beds to their doom. Potter's foxy gentleman, however, has a certain gentility that the squire lacks, even though his intentions are equally dishonorable.