The Evil Genius of the House of Boffin

The Evil Genius of the House of Boffin

Marcus Stone

Wood engraving by Green

12.8 cm high x 8.8 cm wide

Illustration for Book 3, "A Long Lane," Chapter 7, "The Friendly Move Takes up a Strong Position," in Charles Dickens's Our Mutual friend

Stone's illustration appeared in the May 1865, instalment. Wegg, made bitterly envious of Boffin's good fortune after the incident at the mounds (previous illustration) and determined to separate the Golden Dustman from most of his inheritance by virtue of the alternate Harmon will which he has discovered and verified through the registry at Doctors' Commons, nightly haunts the vicinity of the Boffin town house, its classical pillars (supplied like much of the scene by Stone rather than Dickens) implying the owner's power and affluence. [See below for commentary and passage illustrated.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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