Dickens's The Haunted Man
Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.
[You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one. ]Tenniel's second plate for Charles Dickens's The Haunted Man (1848), the title-page, is again a full page, but has ornate text surrounding its circular vignette. The female angel with long hair who appears twice on the left-hand register of the wreath in the Frontispiece points the way with her right hand as she takes the right hand of the child with her left. Continuing the right/left symbolism, Tenniel has the dark hooded figure (so reminiscent of the "Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come" in A Christmas Carol) hold the child's left hand. Again, the wreath motif is the unifying structural device, but occasionally these thorns bear a rose and leaves, unlike those in the Frontispiece. Thus, Tenniel's introductory plates make plain the nature of the allegory that the text will present: an acceptance of our lives, past and present, rose and thorn, painful and happy, is necessary for psychological integration and spiritual salvation.