The drivers won't do it.

Mr. Moddle, with a dark look, replied: "The drivers won't do it." (1870s). Illustration by Fred Barnard for Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter XLVI), page 353. [Fearing being dominated in a marriage he sees no way out of, Mr. Moddle confides in Tom Pinch about his suicidal impulses, specifically throwing himself in front of an oncoming wagon in the London traffic. However, he is convinced that the drivers will not accommodate him.] 10.7 x 13.8 cm. 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.]


Dickens, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, with 59 illustrations by Fred Barnard. Household Edition. London: Chapman and Hall, 1871-1880.

The copy of the Household Edition from which this picture was scanned was the gift of George Gorniak, Editor of The Dickens Magazine, whose subject for the fifth series, beginning in January 2008, was this novel.

Last modified 4 February 2008