"They may not come back, for all that." Chapter XX of Dickens's Old Curiosity Shop by Thomas Worth in the first Household Edition volume published by Harper & Bros., New York (1872), 69: 3 ⅝ x 5 ¼ inches (9.2 x 13.5 cm) framed. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

Context of the Illustration: Introducing the Nubbles

"I think they must certainly come to-morrow, eh mother?" said Kit, laying aside his hat with a weary air and sighing as he spoke. "They have been gone a week. They surely couldn’t stop away more than a week, could they now?"

The mother shook her head, and reminded him how often he had been disappointed already.

"For the matter of that," said Kit, "you speak true and sensible enough, as you always do, mother. Still, I do consider that a week is quite long enough for ‘em to be rambling about; don’t you say so?"

"Quite long enough, Kit, longer than enough, but they may not come back for all that." [Chapter XX, 68]

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Dickens, Charles. The Old Curiosity Shop. Illustrated by Thomas Worth. The Household Edition. 16 vols. New York: Harper & Bros., 1872. I.

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