Waiting for Father
Wood engraving by Dalziel
14.5 cm high x 9.4 cm wide
Dickens's Our Mutual Friend, Chapter Thirteen, "Tracking the Bird of Prey"[This part of the novel originally appeared in periodical form in August 1864.]
Reverting to the plot involving the watermen Gaffer Hexam and Rogue Riderhood and the mysterious murder of John Harmon, Dickens sends Eugene Wrayburn and Mortimer Lightwood under the direction of a police inspector (based on the actual figure of Chief Inspector Fields of the London Metropolitan Police) in search of riverside hovel of Gaffer, whom Riderhood has accused of Harmon's murder to order to obtain the ten-thousand-pound reward posted by Boffin.
Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.
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