The tribulations of Tommy Tiptop
The law of kindness
published by Myra & Son, c1893, England — London
Tommy is a little boy who believes that torturing and killing animals and insects is fun, but when he falls asleep at night he enters in a world in which everything is reversed and finds himself in the position of his victims. He takes a lesson : the law of kindness, in plain words, he is going to enter the Twilight Zone.
from the book’s preface :
Our duty towards others, and especially towards animals is now so seldom insisted on, that little apology is needed for bringing an old-fashioned principle before our readers. The object of this book is to show that all unkindness towards the animal creation merits -if it does not at all receive- punishment, and that to obey the law of kindness is our duty as well as our happiness.