Mr. Pecksniff Renounces the Deceiver

Mr. Pecksniff Renounces the Deceiver

Phiz (Hablot K. Browne)

May 1843

Etching

"With difficulty, Tom Pinch (left of centre) restrains the indignant young Martin from continuing his assault of the arch-deceiver, architect, plagiarist, and general hypocrite Seth Pecksniff (left). This moment in Chapter 12 signals an important shift in the story-line since Martin will now have to leave to make his way in the world: "Pinch caught Martin in his arms, and Mr. Pecksniff tumbled over a chair, and fell in a sitting posture on the ground." — Chapter 12

Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

[This image may be used without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose.]