Dinah and Hetty in the Prison

Dinah and Hetty in the Prison

William Small

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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