"Do not repine, my friends," said Mr. Pecksniff, tenderly. "Do not weep for me. It is chronic." (1872) [At Mrs. Todgers's rooming-house, under the influence of a little too much alcohol, Mr. Pecksniff becomes maudlin as he recalls his dead wife, and thereby reaffirms his own status as a widower.] in eleventh regular illustration by Fred Barnard for Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit, (Chapter IX, "Town and Todgers's"), page 73. 9.3 cm high by 13.7 cm wide. Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL.]

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"Bless my life, Miss Pecksniffs!" cried Mrs. Todgers, aloud, "your dear pa's took very poorly!"

Mr. Pecksniff straightened himself by a surprising effort, as every one turned hastily towards him; and standing on his feet, regarded the assembly with a look of ineffable wisdom. Gradually it gave place to a smile; a feeble, helpless, melancholy smile; bland, almost to sickliness. "Do not repine, my friends," said Mr. Pecksniff, tenderly. "Do not weep for me. It is chronic." And with these words, after making a futile attempt to pull off his shoes, he fell into the fire-place.

The youngest gentleman in company had him out in a second. Yes, before a hair upon his head was singed, he had him on the hearth-rug. — Her father! — Chapter 9, "Town and Todgers's," p. 73.


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