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John McLenan


Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities, Book II, Chapter 8, "Monseigneur in the Country"

Harper's Weekly (2 July 1859): 421; this text previously appeared in the UK in All the Year Round on 9 July 1859.

Passage illustrated: "At the steepest point of the hill there was a little burial-ground, with a Cross and a new large figure of Our Saviour on it; it was a poor figure in wood, done by some inexperienced rustic carver, but he had studied the figure from the life — his own life, maybe — for it was dreadfully spare and thin."

To this distressful emblem of a great distress that had long been growing worse, and was not at its worst, a woman was kneeling. She turned her head as the carriage came up to her, rose quickly, and presented herself at the carriage-door.

"It is you, Monseigneur! Monseigneur, a petition."

Scanned image by Philip V. Allingham; text by PVA and George P. Landow.

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