Oliver's Eyes are opened

Harry Furniss


14 x 9.5 cm vignetted

Illustration for The Adventures of Oliver Twist in Oliver Twist and A Child's History of England, Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), vol. 3, facing 72.

Whereas in Dickens's description of the attempted robbery in Chapter 10 Oliver looks surprised when Charley Bates describes the "very respectable-looking personage, with a powdered head and gold spectacles . . . in a bottle-green coat with a black-velvet collar" (67), and then becomes shocked and horrified as the Dodger picks the gentleman's pocket to purloin his silk handkerchief, Furniss captures neither of these stronger emotions. [Click on illustration to enlarge it.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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