Defarge

Harry Furniss

1910

13.4 x 7.6 cm vignetted

Fourth 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. 33.

Apparently a number of illustrators underestimated the role and importance to the revenge plot of the phlegmatic St. Antoine publican Ernest Defarge, outwardly a modest businessman, but actually a bitter enemy of the Old Regime and an implacable revolutionary. On the other hand, in this careful study of Defarge Furniss recognizes his significance as a force to be reckoned with. [Commentary continued below.]

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