Better to be Abel than Cain.

Better to be Abel than Cain

Marcus Stone

Wood engraving by Green

13.9 cm high x 9.2 cm wide, framed (facing p. 618).

Stone's illustration for Book 4, "A Turning," Chapter 7, "Better To Be Abel Than Cain," appeared in the September, 1865, instalment. The precise moment captured in the illustration is easily determined since Headstone grovels on the floor after Charley Hexam's chastising for his selfishness in attacking Wrayburn, a criminal act that may well blight Charley's career as a school-master.

[See below for commentary and passage illustrated.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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