Sol Eytinge, Jr.


Dickens's The Adventures of Oliver Twist

Edward Leeford, acting under his criminal alias "Monks," appears by himself rather than, as in James Mahoney's Household Edition sequence, with Fagin, his confederate in his scheme to defraud Oliver. A shadowy figure out of Gothic fiction and the demonic species of early nineteenth-century melodrama, Monks wears a cloak rather than a topcoat; however, his silk hat is a class-marker, for he is a gentleman gone bad.

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