Household Edition (1873). 10.7 cm high by 13.8 cm wide (4 ¼ by 5 ½ inches), framed, p. 101. Chapter 16. Running head: "Jo and the Jolly Servant" (113). [Click on the image to enlarge it.]— sixteenth illustration by Fred Barnard in the
Passage Illustrated: Lady Dedlock's Clandestine Expedition to Bell Yard
Eytinge's study the Cockney crossing-sweeper includes his looking into the cemetary where Nemo has recently been interred: Jo (1867).
"Come farther up."
"You mean about the man?" says Jo, following. "Him as wos dead?"
"Hush! Speak in a whisper! Yes. Did he look, when he was living, so very ill and poor?"
"Oh, jist!" says Jo.
"Did he look like — not like you?" says the woman with abhorrence.
"Oh, not so bad as me," says Jo. "I'm a reg'lar one I am! You didn't know him, did you?"
"How dare you ask me if I knew him?"
"No offence, my lady," says Jo with much humility, for even he has got at the suspicion of her being a lady.
"I am not a lady. I am a servant."
"You are a jolly servant!" says Jo without the least idea of saying anything offensive, merely as a tribute of admiration.
"Listen and be silent. Don't talk to me, and stand farther from me! Can you show me all those places that were spoken of in the account I read? The place he wrote for, the place he died at, the place where you were taken to, and the place where he was buried? Do you know the place where he was buried?"
Jo answers with a nod, having also nodded as each other place was mentioned.
"Go before me and show me all those dreadful places. Stop opposite to each, and don't speak to me unless I speak to you. Don't look back. Do what I want, and I will pay you well."
Jo attends closely while the words are being spoken; tells them off on his broom-handle, finding them rather hard; pauses to consider their meaning; considers it satisfactory; and nods his ragged head.
"I'm fly," says Jo. "But fen larks, you know. Stow hooking it!"
"What does the horrible creature mean?" exclaims the servant, recoiling from him.
"Stow cutting away, you know!" says Jo.
"I don't understand you. Go on before! I will give you more money than you ever had in your life."
Jo screws up his mouth into a whistle, gives his ragged head a rub, takes his broom under his arm, and leads the way, passing deftly with his bare feet over the hard stones and through the mud and mire. [Chapter XVI, "Deportment," 113]
Other Illustrations of Lady Dedlock's Clandestine Expedition, 1852-1910
Left: Phiz's original serial illustration of Lady Dedlock's expedition with Jo in Bell Yard: Consecrated Ground (July 1852). Right: Harry Furniss's 1910 Charles Dickens Library Edition full-page lithograph of the same scene: Lady Dedlock and Jo.
Related Material, including Other Illustrated Editions of Bleak House
- Bleak House (homepage)
- Phiz's Illustrations for Bleak House (March 1852 - September 1853)
- Sir John Gilbert's Frontispiece in the New York edition (Vol. 1, 1863)
- O. C. Darley's Frontispiece in the New York edition (Vol. 2, 1863)
- O. C. Darley's Frontispiece in the New York edition (Vol. 3, 1863)
- O. C. Darley's Frontispiece in the New York edition (Vol. 4, 1863)
- Sol Eytinge, Junior's 16 Diamond Edition Illustrations (1867)
- Harry Furniss's Illustrations for the Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910)
- Kyd's five Player's Cigarette Cards, 1910
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