Smike rehearses as the Apothecary

Harry Furniss


5 ¼ by 3 ¼ inches (13.3 cm high x 8.5 cm wide), vignetted

Nicholas showed Smike how he must come in with both hands spread out upon his stomach, and how he must occasionally rub it, in compliance with the established form by which people on the stage always denote that they want something to eat. Smike was pronounced unanimously, alike by audience and actors, the very prince and prodigy of Apothecaries. (336)

Dickens's Nicholas Nickleby, The Charles Dickens Library Edition, facing IV, 321.

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