The Characters in the Story
14.6 x 9.2 cm vignetted
Ornamental title-page for A Tale of Two Cities in A Tale of Two Cities, American Notes, Pictures from Italy, Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), vol. 13.
A feature of each volume in the Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), "The Characters in the Stories," as Furniss has entitled the thumbnail vignettes that form the four borders of the title-page, includes most of the characters in the novel: in the top register, left to right, are the principals of the story, often in postures and poses that anticipate their appearances in the full-page illustrations. [Commentary continued below.]
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- Darnay before the revolutionary tribunal
- Dissolute Carton and arrogant Stryver
- The Marquis at the fountain, and (earlier, in flashback) murdering Madame Defarge's brother
- The Defarges in the wineshop
- Mr. Lorry at Tellson's Bank
- The Vengeance beating her drum
- Dr. Manette, Lucie, and Miss Pross
Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.
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