Diddlesex junction

From the context we may conclude that Thespis is talking about a railroad line. The “junction” in the name implies that it is a connector between two or more main lines. Turnbull (294) suggests that an 1871 audience would have recognized “North South East West Diddlesex junction” as “any” railway company. He adds that the “Diddle” might be taken to imply shady management.

Act I