The Shadow on the Hearth

Harry Furniss


14.4 x 9.1 cm framed

Second illustration for The Cricket on the Hearth in Christmas Books, Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), vol. 8, facing page 176.

Reading the illustration and caption proleptically — for the passage realised occurs some ten pages after the illustration — one is utterly misled as to the relationship that Dickens will obliquely reveal between the young stranger (disguised as an elderly traveller) and the young wife. [Commentary continued below.]

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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