The Bird of Prey

The Bird of Prey by Marcus Stone. Wood engraving by Dalziel. 9.3 cm high x 15.2 cm wide. Illustration for Our Mutual Friend, Chapter One, "On The Look-Out," Authentic edition, facing p. 2. Periodical publication: Our Mutual Friend, May 1864. Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham [This image may be used without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose.]

'Keep her out, Lizzie. The tide runs strong here. Keep her well ahead of the sweep of it.'

The figures in this boat were those of a strong man with ragged grizzled hair and a sun-browned face, and a dark girl of nineteen or twenty, sufficiently like him to be recognisable as his daughter. The girl rowed, pulling a pair of sculls very easily; the man, with the rudder-lines slack in his hands, and his hands loose in his waistband, kept an eager look-out.

Trusting to the girl's skill and making no use of the rudder, he eyed the coming tide with absorbed attention. [2]


Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend. Illustrated by Marcus Stone. Volume 14 of the Authentic Edition. London: Chapman and Hall; New York: Charles Scribners' Sons, 1901.

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