Dinah and Hetty in the Prison
Wood engraving by J. Cooper
5½ x 3½ inches
George Eliot, Adam Bede, facing 390
A touching scene in which the emphasis is again on gesture as Dinah comforts the despairing Hetty, at this point in the novel faced with execution (a sentence later reduced to transportation). Small’s simplified figures and blocked patterns of black and grey add materially to the sombre atmosphere.
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Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.
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