Bad Victorian Jokes

I saw this on Futility Closet here. The original source was The Youth’s Companion, Sept. 25, 1879. I think they meant it as a children's riddle, but it's really just a series of bad puns. Like there are any other kind.

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QUESTIONS:
Why is this man likely to succeed in life?
Why do we know he has reached middle life?
How does the picture indicate his occupation?

ANSWERS:
He is bound to XL.
He is over forty.
He is in tent on letters.

Proof positive that some things may change, but bad jokes are forever.

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