Mr. and Mrs. Garland have trouble with Whisker (p. 107) — Chapter 14, 9.2 cm high x 13.9 cm wide, vignetted, in Charles Dickens's Little Dorrit, Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), facing V, 97. Original caption: Kit watched the pony as it ran off at a sharp angle to inspect a lamp-post on the opposite side of the way. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

Context of the Illustration: Kit employed by the Garlands

The pony ran off at a sharp angle to inspect a lamp-post on the opposite side of the way, and then went off at a tangent to another lamp-post on the other side. Having satisfied himself that they were of the same pattern and materials, he came to a stop apparently absorbed in meditation.

"Will you go on, Sir," said the old gentleman, gravely, "or are we to wait here for you till it’s too late for our appointment?"

The pony remained immoveable.

"Oh you naughty Whisker," said the old lady. "Fie upon you! I’m ashamed of such conduct."

The pony appeared to be touched by this appeal to his feelings, for he trotted on directly, though in a sulky manner, and stopped no more until he came to a door whereon was a brass plate with the words "Witherden — Notary." [Chapter XIV, 107]

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Dickens, Charles. The Old Curiosity Shop. Illustrated by Harry Furniss. The Charles Dickens Library Edition. 18 vols. London: Educational Book Company, 1910. V.

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