In rhyming couplets, these wry and witty poems ponder the foibles and vanities of mortals. Some of these are captured in pen and ink drawings that caricature the subject of the poems. Each character is given an amusing name, beginning with Master Cecil Abercorn, Serena Huff, the Marchioness of Mal de Mer, Major Houghton Reid, Thomas Tinkham Tattersall, and Roland Washburn White. There are 70 poems, of which 10 are illustrated. The illustration on the front cover relates to Rupert Ashe: "The greatest pride of Rupert Ashe was his luxuriant moustache. He took great care to keep it groomed, And even, with restraint, perfumed. He brushed it upward every day, and it made such a grand display, that people who were not the wiser, imagined that he was the Kaiser."