She shook that emphatic little forefinger of hers in his face at parting. (p. 231) — James Mahoney's forty-first illustration for Charles Dickens's Our Mutual Friend, Household Edition (New York), 1875. Wood-engraving by the Dalziels, 10.5 cm high x 13.3 cm wide. The Chapman and Hall woodcut for thirteenth chapter, "Give a Dog a Bad Name, and Hang Him," in the third book, "A Long Lane," has a much longer caption than that in the Harper and Brothers volume, published that same year in New York: "She shook that emphatic little forefinger of hers in his face at parting, as earnestly and reproachfully as she had ever shaken it at her grim old child at home". Otherwise, the wood-engraving depicting the Jenny's reproaching Riah for his hard-hearted treatment of Twemlow (in fact, his "superior's" uncompromising treatment of the debtor) is identical in both volumes, suggesting that the Dalziels produced two copies of each woodblock engraving from Mahoney's original line-drawings. This is yet another of those illustrations possessing a different caption in the Chapman and Hall and Harper and Brothers versions of the same book, so that, although the American publisher must have received a list of illustrations, the firm's editor chose occasionally to deviate from the given wording and did not give such a list at the beginning of the volume. Two previous examples are Witnessing the Agreement and Mr. and Mrs. Lammle, both of which also have much longer captions in the London text. For further differences, including the London and New York volumes having entirely different frontispieces, see The differences between the British and American printings of Mahoney's illustrations for Dickens's Our Mutual Friend.

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Fascination Fledgeby was in such a merry vein when the counting-house was cleared of him, that he had nothing for it but to go to the window, and lean his arms on the frame of the blind, and have his silent laugh out, with his back to his subordinate. When he turned round again with a composed countenance, his subordinate still stood in the same place, and the dolls' dressmaker sat behind the door with a look of horror.

"Halloa!" cried Mr. Fledgeby, "you're forgetting this young lady, Mr. Riah, and she has been waiting long enough too. Sell her her waste, please, and give her good measure if you can make up your mind to do the liberal thing for once."

He looked on for a time, as the Jew filled her little basket with such scraps as she was used to buy; but, his merry vein coming on again, he was obliged to turn round to the window once more, and lean his arms on the blind.

"There, my Cinderella dear," said the old man in a whisper, and with a worn-out look, "the basket's full now. Bless you! And get you gone!"

"Don't call me your Cinderella dear," returned Miss Wren. "O you cruel godmother!"

She shook that emphatic little forefinger of hers in his face at parting, as earnestly and reproachfully as she had ever shaken it at her grim old child at home.

"You are not the godmother at all!" said she. "You are the Wolf in the Forest, the wicked Wolf! And if ever my dear Lizzie is sold and betrayed, I shall know who sold and betrayed her!" — Book Three, Chapter 13, "Give a Dog a Bad Name, and Hang Him," p. 243.

Fascination Fledgeby and Jenny Wren in the original and Diamond Edition, 1865-1867

Left: Marcus Stone's June 1865 serial illustration of the devious Fledgeby, promising to help the Lammles, Mr. Fledgeby Departs on His Errand of Mercy.Centre: Sol Eytinge, Junior's study in contrasts, the arrogant "superior" and his dutiful employee, Fledgeby and Riah (1867). Right: Eytinge's severe disciplinarian, the serious child, and her incorrigible, alcoholic parent, The Person of the House and the Bad Child. [Click on images to enlarge them.]

Above: Marcus Stone's interpretation of the scene in which Jenny Wren discovers that Riah is a decent person after all, and not the hard-hearted money-lender she thought him, Miss Wren fixes her Idea (Part 18, October 1865). [Click on the image to enlarge it.]


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