A man of very uncouth and rough appearance was standing over them — for Chap. XLII by Charles Green. 1876. 3 ½ x 4 1/8 inches (10.6 cm high by x 13.6 cm wide). Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop, in the 1876 British Household Edition, XII: 160. Running head: "Flight by Land" (161). [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

Context of the Illustration: Grandfather Trent and Nell rudely awakened

A confused sound of voices, mingling with her dreams, awoke her. A man of very uncouth and rough appearance was standing over them, and two of his companions were looking on, from a long heavy boat which had come close to the bank while they were sleeping. The boat had neither oar nor sail, but was towed by a couple of horses, who, with the rope to which they were harnessed slack and dripping in the water, were resting on the path.

"Holloa!" said the man roughly. "What’s the matter here?"

"We were only asleep, Sir,’ said Nell. ‘We have been walking all night."

"A pair of queer travellers to be walking all night," observed the man who had first accosted them. "One of you is a trifle too old for that sort of work, and the other a trifle too young. Where are you going?"

Nell faltered, and pointed at hazard towards the West, upon which the man inquired if she meant a certain town which he named. Nell, to avoid more questioning, said "Yes, that was the place." [Chapter XLIII, 158].

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Dickens, Charles. The Old Curiosity Shop. Illustrated by Charles Green. The Household Edition. 22 vols. London: Chapman and Hall, 1876. XII.

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