The Haunted Man atTetterby's
12.1 x 6 cm, vignetted
Dickens's The Haunted Man and The Ghost's Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas Time, The Pears' Centenary Edition, vol. 5, page 77.
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The good woman, quite carried away by her honest tenderness and remorse, was weeping with all her heart, when she started up with a scream, and ran behind her husband. Her cry was so terrified, that the children started from their sleep and from their beds, and clung about her. Nor did her gaze belie her voice, as she pointed to a pale man in a black cloak who had come into the room.
"Look at that man! Look there! What does he want?"
"My dear,"returned her husband, "I'll ask him if you'll let me go. What's the matter! How you shake!"
"I saw him in the street, when I was out just now. He looked at me, and stood near me. I am afraid of him."
"Afraid of him! Why?"
"I don't know why— I— stop! husband!"for he was going towards the stranger.
She had one hand pressed upon her forehead, and one upon her breast; and there was a peculiar fluttering all over her, and a hurried unsteady motion of her eyes, as if she had lost something.
"Are you ill, my dear?"
"What is it that is going from me again?" she muttered, in a low voice." What is this that is going away?"
Then she abruptly answered: "Ill? No, I am quite well,"and stood looking vacantly at the floor. ["Chapter Two: The Gift Diffused," p. 76-78, 1912 Pears edition]
The caption immediately below the illustration points directly towards the moment realised: "A pale man in a black cloak had come into the room" (77, adapted from p. 77above). The bare caption does not reveal, however, that Redlaw is being regarded from the perspective of Sophia Tetterby, who, having already encountered Redlaw while she was out marketing, has been under the influence of Redlaw's "double" for the past few minutes as she expressed doubts abvout the wisdom of having married the small newsagent. In providing a closeup of Redlaw, Charles Green does not, contrary to the double-page illustration by John Tenniel in the original 1848 sequence, show Redlaw juxtaposed against the Tetterbys. Whereas Redlaw, "diffusing" the dubious gift of the Spirit, has an ominous appearance in the earlier narrative-pictorial sequences, here he is merely a middle-aged, middle-class professional in a black cloak and hat — albeit, wearing a slightly pensive look as he draws his cloak across himself. Thus, Green subtly signals Redlaw's apartness, his attempt to isolate himself from others' emotions.
Relevant Illustrations from the 1848 and Later Editions
Left: John Tenniel's study of Redlaw's effect on Sophia Tetterby, Illustrated Double-Page to Chap. II Right: Fred Barnard's study of the student Denham'sominousvisitor, "Mr. Redlaw!" he exclaimed, and started up. (1878). [Click on images to enlarge them.]
A. A. Dixon's small-scaleversionof the scene in which thefamily, including Mrs.Tetterby, react with trepidation to the arrival of the cloaked stranger, The good woman ran behind her husband. (1906).
Left, John's Leech's "Redlaw and the Phantom and, centre, John Tenniel's "Redlaw on the Landing" (1848). Right: Felix Octavius Carr Darley's "As he leaned his arm upon the elbow of his chair, ruminating before the fire." (1861). [Click on images to enlarge them.]
Left: Sol Eytinge, Junior's Redlaw and The Boy. (1867). Right: E. A. Abbey's "Mr. Redlaw!" he exclaimed, and started up. (1876). [Click on images to enlarge them.]
Left: Fred Barnard's "'You speak to me of what is lying here,' the Phantom interposed." (1878). Right: Harry Furniss's "The Phantom" (1910). [Click on images to enlarge them.]
Cohen, Jane Rabb. "The Illustrators of the Christmas Books, John Leech." Charles Dickens and His original Illustrators. Columbus: University of Ohio Press, 1981. Pp. 141-151.
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___. The Haunted Man and The Ghost's Bargain. A Fancy for Christmas Time. Illustrated by Charles Green, R. I. London: A & F Pears, 1912.
___. Christmas Books. Illustrated by Sol Eytinge, Jr. The Diamond Edition. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1867.
___. Christmas Books, illustrated by Fred Barnard. Household Edition. London: Chapman and Hall, 1878.
___. Christmas Books, illustrated by A. A. Dixon. London & Glasgow: Collins' Clear-Type Press, 1906.
___. Christmas Books. Illustrated by Harry Furniss. The Charles Dickens Library Edition. London: Educational Book, 1910.
___. Christmas Stories. Illustrated by E. A. Abbey. The Household Edition. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1876.
___. The Haunted Man. Christmas Stories. Illustrated by Felix Octavius Carr Darley. The Household Edition. New York: James G. Gregory, 1861. Vol. 2, 155-300.
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