I can't say; it's impossible to tell. I  
really have no

"I can't say; it's impossible to tell. I really have no idea. But," said Fips, taking off a very deep impression of the wafer-stamp upon the calf of his left leg, and looking steadily at Tom, "I don't know that it's a matter of much consequence." (1870s). Illustration by Fred Barnard for Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter XXXIX), page 305. [In Chapter XL, "Concerning Tom's New Situation," at Austin Friars attorney Fips delivers the anonymous offer to Tom: a generous weekly salary with modest hours for reorganizing a private library.] 10.6 x 13.8 cm. 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.]


Dickens, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, with 59 illustrations by Fred Barnard. Household Edition. London: Chapman and Hall, 1871-1880. The copy of the Household Edition from which this picture was scanned was the gift of George Gorniak, Editor of The Dickens Magazine, whose subject for the fifth series, beginning in January 2008, was this novel.

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