Whole only forty years after this exchange, John realized what she meant. His heart stopped on the spot and he went down muttering "You magnificent bastard".
And this gem doesn't have an illustration:
A Marriage Question.—If a man addicted to smoking marries a widow, does it follow that he must lay down his pipe, because she gives up her weeds?
But I like to think it's where the expression "lay down pipe" comes from.