Stopping the Dover Mail

Harry Furniss


14.4 x 9.4 cm framed

Third illustration for A Tale of Two Cities in A Tale of Two Cities, American Notes, Pictures from Italy, Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), vol. 13, facing p. 8.

The opening book, "Recalled to Life," begins with Dickens's satirical commentary on the abuses of power in pre-Revolutionary France (Chapter One, "The Period"), which is heavily dependent upon Thomas Carlyle's French Revolution. It then moves to a highly dramatic confrontation between a lone rider and the driver of the Dover mail-coach as it approaches Shooter's Hill, a prime spot for highway robbery. [Commentary continued below.]

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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