"Eden!"

Harry Furniss

1910

14.4​cm high​by 9.2 cm wide vignetted

Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit, Vol. 7 of Charles Dickens Library Edition, Chapter ​23, "Martin and His Partner Take Possession of Their Estate. The Joyful Occasion Involves Some Further Account of Eden," facing p. 416. The heroic pose of Mark Tapley is at odds with the desolation and decay of the log-cabin settlement on the banks of the Mississippi. Mark surveys the challenge ahead, the writhing of the tree-roots repeated in the waviness of his his hair, as if implying that his civilising energy is equal to the task ahead. The bleak situation is indeed a test of his British pluck and Cockney "jollity."

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