Part One: January 1880. Chapters I (begins on p. 1) through IV (ends on p. 14) 3

1. "Overcombe Mill" (middle of p. 5), framed: 11 cm wide x 9.2 cm high (not captioned); illustrates a passage on page 5;

2. "On a fine summer morning . . . . Anne looked rather frequently from the open casement." (top of p. 8), framed: 10.7 cm wide x 14.1 cm high (captioned); illustrates a passage on page 2;

3. "The Elder Loveday Himself" (right of centre, p. 11), vignetted: 5 cm wide x 10 cm high (not captioned); illustrates a passage on page 11.

Part Two: February 1880. Chapters V (begins on p. 105) through VII (ends on p. 114) 3 plates

4. "Young Squire Derriman in the Uniform of the Yeomanry Cavalry" (middle of p.105), vignetted: 7.5 cm wide x 10.5 cm high (not captioned); illustrates a passage on page 106.

5. "'Welcome, Master Derriman.' Page 106." (full-page, facing p. 106), framed: 18.3 cm wide x 11.3 cm high (captioned); illustrates a passage on page 106;

6. "Page 110." ["Another hurdle to keep the live stock from absolute community with the inmates"] (top third of p. 112), vignetted: 10.1 cm wide x 7.2 cm high (no caption; just page reference); illustrates a passage on page 110.

Part Three: March 1880. Chapters VIII (begins on p. 145) through X (ends on p. 158) 3 plates

7. "'Shall you want any more reading, Mr. Derriman?'" (top half of p. 148), vignetted: 12 cm wide x 10.5 cm high (not captioned); illustrates a passage on page 112.

8. "The old man's head, crowned with a nightcap, appeared. . ." (top half of p. 153), vignetted: 10 cm wide x 12 cm high (not captioned); illustrates a passage on page 154.

9. "He replied . . . across the gooseberry bushes, or through the tall rows of flowering peas" (top half of p. 156), framed: 12.5 cm wide x 9.5 cm high (not captioned); illustrates a passage immediately below the picture, left-hand column.

Part Four: April Chapters XI (begins on p. 249) through XIV (ends on p. 260) 2 plates

10. "Anne and the Trumpet-major were left standing by the gate." (top two-thirds of p. 256), framed: 10.7 cm wide x 14.6 cm high (captioned); illustrates a passage on page 250.

11. "'Before her she saw a flower lying.' Page 258." (full-page, facing p. 258), framed: 12 cm wide x 17.7 high (captioned, with page reference); illustrates a passage in the left-hand column of the facing page.

Part Five: May 1880. Chapters XV (begins on p. 321) through XVII (ends on p. 333) 3 plates

12. "I'll take them for her" (half-page, in the middle of p. 324), framed: 12.6 cm wide x 10.4 cm high (not captioned); illustrates a passage on page 325, facing plate.

13. "Bob did not hurry the horse, there being so many things to say and hear" (top half of p. 329), vignetted 9.3 cm wide x 14.5 cm high (not captioned); illustrates a textual moment on bottom of same page [last page of Ch. 16].

14. "Her head fell back upon Bob's shoulder." (top two-thirds of p. 332), vignetted: 9.3 cm wide x 14.5 cm high (captioned); illustrates a passage on previous page, 331.

Part Six: June Chapters XVIII (begins on p. 361) through XXI (ends on p. 372) 2 plates

15. "'She was standing before the looking-glass, apparently lost in thought.' Page 361." (full-page, facing p. 360), framed: 12.4 cm wide x 17.5 high (captioned, with page reference); illustrates a passage at the bottom of the left-hand column on the facing page (indicating the "she" is Matilda Johnson).

16. "Loveday, quite at a loss . . . , went into the mill" (one-quarter of a page in the middle of p. 368), vignetted: 6.2 cm wide x 11.4 cm high (not captioned); illustrates passage in the middle of the left-hand column on the same page.

Part Seven: July 1880 Chapters XXII (begins on p. 433) through XXIV (ends on p. 445) 3 plates

17. "The miller . . . had become a volunteer" (one-quarter of a page in the upper-left corner of p. 433), vignetted: 3.8 cm wide x 11.5 cm high (not captioned); illustrates a passage on page 438.

18. "Bob . . . set himself to paint the summer-house which Anne frequented" (one-third of p. 436, centre of left-hand column), vignetted: 7.7 cm wide x 12.5 cm high (not captioned); illustrates a passage in the left-hand column of page 437.

19. "Page 444." ["The rays of the candle fell upon the vault and sides of a long low cellar . . . a clamped box from under the straw"] (top half of p.441), framed: 12.7 cm wide x 11.3 cm high (no caption; just page reference); illustrates a passage in the right-hand column of page 444.

Part Eight: August Chapters XXV (begins on p. 505) through XXVII (ends on p. 517) 3 plates

20. "He overtook a slim, quick-eyed woman" (one-quarter of p. 505, upper left), vignetted: 3.5 cm wide x 8.5 cm high (not captioned); illustrates the passage immediately below the plate.

21. "'With a desperate sigh she ran on again.' Page 506." (full-page, facing p. 506), framed: 18 cm wide x 12.6 high (captioned, with page reference); illustrates a passage at the bottom of the left-hand column on the facing page.

22. "Ha, young madam! Now you are caught!" (three-quarters of p. 513 at the top), framed: 10.6 cm wide x 15.5 cm high (captioned); illustrates a passage on page 516.

Part Nine: September Chapters XXVIII (begins on p. 577) through XXX (ends on p. 588) 3 plates

23. "By degrees Derriman stopped his snore and sat up" (top half of p. 580), framed: 12.7 cm wide x 10.5 high (not captioned); illustrates the passage immediately below the plate, left-hand column.

24. "Two forms crossed the line at a startling nearness to her." (one-third of p. 585, upper right), vignetted: 7.1 cm wide x 3.1 cm high; illustrates a passage on page 587, but complements the opening paragraph of Ch. XXX describing the couple's "dashing and really fashionable attire" for the trip to the Theatre Royal.

25. "Overcombe. You may find several likely fellows in that neighbourhood" (centre of p. 588), vignetted: 8.5 cm wide x 3.1 cm high (not captioned); illustrates a passage at the bottom of the previous page.

Part Ten: October Chapters XXXI (begins on p. 649) through XXXIV (ends on p. 662) 3 plates

26. "Bob had . . . pulled the rope that hung alongside" (one-quarter of page 652, upper left), vignetted: 7 cm wide x 12.5 cm high (not captioned); illustrates a passage on page 650.

27. "'They proceeded with their burden at a slow pace to the lower garden gate.' Page 653." (full-page, facing p. 653), framed: 19.3 cm wide x 13.9 high (captioned, with page reference); illustrates a passage at the bottom of the right-hand column on the facing page.

28. "'There is no parapet to the bridge.' p. 654." (upper half of p. 657), framed: 10.9 cm wide x 10.8 cm high (captioned, with page reference); illustrates a passage in the middle of the left-hand column on page 654.

Part Eleven: November Chapters XXXIV continued (begins on p. 721) through XXXVII (ends on p. 734) 3 plates

29. "The Victory." (half page, left of centre, p. 728), vignetted: 9.7 cm wide x 12.6 cm high (captioned); may be illustrating passages in either Part Ten (e. g., pages 659-660) or Part Eleven (e. g., p. 721).

30. "Anne swept with her eyes the tremulous expanse of waters around her." (half-page, centre of p. 729), framed: 14 cm wide x 12 cm high (captioned); illustrates opening of eleventh instalment, page 721.

31. "Are you never going to turn round?" (two-thirds of p. 732, centred), framed: 10.3 cm wide x 14.2 cm high (captioned); illustrates a passage on page 730.

Part Twelve: December Chapters XXXVIII (begins on p. 793) through XLI (ends on p. 807) 2 plates

32. "Nothing was to be heard but the rustling of the ribbon." (two-thirds of page, top of p. 796), framed: 13.9 cm wide x 14.7 cm high (captioned); illustrates a passage on page 795.

33. "The candle shed its waving light upon John's face and uniform." (two-thirds of page, centred, p. 801), framed: 9.8 cm wide x 14.7 cm high (captioned); illustrates a passage on page 807. This may well be a picture that Collier worked up earlier: "I haven't heard anything from Isbister about making a sketch of the Trumpet Major to serve as an advertisement but I will make one anyway as it will always serve to introduce into the text" (Collier to Hardy, 20 November 1879, Dorset County Museum).

Frequency of Subjects by Order of Appearance (with Plate Numbers)

1.[4] non-human subjects (the mill, the bridge, the Victory, a landscape): 1, 25, 28, 29.

2. [17] Anne Garland: 2 (alone), 5, 6 (alone), 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 21 (alone), 23, 24, 27, 30, 31, 32.

3. [3] Miller Loveday: 3 (alone), 12, 17 (alone).

4. [7] Festus Derriman: 4, 5, 7, 11, 22, 24.

5. [2] Widow Garland/ Mrs. Loveday: 5, 12.

6. [8] John Loveday, the Trumpet-Major: 5, 9, 10, 16, 22, 31, 32, 33.

7. [3] Benjamin Derriman, the miser: 7, 8 (alone), 19.

8. [7] "Captain" Bob Loveday: 12, 13, 14, 18, 23, 26 (alone), 27.

9. [5] Matilda Johnson, the actress: 13, 14, 15 (alone), 20 (alone), 27.

The Nine Plates Featuring Anne Garland and Her Suitors

A. Anne and John: 9, 10, 31, 32 (total = 4).

B. Anne and Bob: 18 and 23 (total = 3).

C. Anne and Festus: 11 (others in background) and 24 (total = 2).

University Scholars Programme

To Collier the novel is not about its eponymous character, but rather about Anne Garland and her relationships, particularly with her three suitors, as is obvious from the fact that Anne appears in seventeen of the thirty-three plates. She is the sole subject of three plates (numbers 2, 6, and 21), and appears with one other character a total of nine times. In terms of frequency of appearance, Collier ranks the importance of the characters thus: Anne (17 appearances), John (8), Festus (7), Bob (7), Matilda (5), Miller Loveday and Benjamin Derriman (3 each), and Widow Garland/Mrs. Loveday (2). A lack of consistency in facial representation does not render identification of these characters easy in certain plates.

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