Done! (1870s). Illustration by Fred Barnard for Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter XLVIII), page 369. In Ch. XLVII, having been dropped off by Pecksniff, Mr. Montague had pursued the lonely footpath through the woods. "Never more [was he] beheld by mortal eye, or heard by mortal ear: one man excepted." That man is the swindler's murderer, Jonas Chuzzlewit, who in this illustration is shown "parting the leaves and branches on the other side of the woods], near where the path emerged again" (366). Barnard depicts not the murder (he, like Dickens, leaves that scene to the reader's iumagination) but the highly dramatic moment when Jonas, momentarily elated by having acted on his atavistic impulse, bursts forth from the Darwinian jungle, tearing through the young boughs so violently "that he cast into the air a shower of fragments" (366). The reader encounters the plate after he turns the page on which Jonas returns home unobserved at 5:00 A. M. the next day. 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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