Carton finds Consolation

Harry Furniss

1910

13.7 x 8.8 cm framed

Eighth illustration for A Tale of Two Cities in A Tale of Two Cities, American Notes, Pictures from Italy, The Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), vol. 13, facing p. 80.

The notion that a protagonist can be so profoundly flawed that Sydney Carton as revealed in Book Two, "The Golden Thread," is self-pitying, defeatist alcoholic was evidently something that Phiz had difficulty coming to terms with, so that he was reluctant to describe Carton's addiction in his illustrations. Furniss has no such qualms. [Commentary continued below.]

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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