"My lady and Miss Rachel regret that they are engaged, Colonel."
Harper & Bros. house illustrator "C. B."
14.5 cm high by 11.3 cm wide
Fourth regular illustration for Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone: A Romance in Harper's Weekly (11 January 1868), page 21. On Rachel's sixteenth birthday, Colonel Herncastle had paid a visit to his sister at her Montagu Square (London) townhouse, but the "Christian" Lady Julia had rebuffed her wicked brother. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]
Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.
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