"Miss Sophie Wackles that is — Mrs. Richard Swiveller that is to be." Chapter XXI of Dickens's Old Curiosity Shop by Thomas Worth in the first Household Edition volume published by Harper & Bros., New York (1872), 73: 3 ⅝ x 5 ¼ inches (9.2 x 13.5 cm) framed. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

Context of the Illustration: Quilp begins to manipulate Dick Swiveller

"Give us a toast!" cried Quilp, rattling on the table in a dexterous manner with his fist and elbow alternately, in a kind of tune, ‘a woman, a beauty. Let’s have a beauty for our toast and empty our glasses to the last drop. Her name, come!"

"If you want a name," said Dick, "here’s Sophy Wackles."

"Sophy Wackles,’ screamed the dwarf, "Miss Sophy Wackles that is — Mrs. Richard Swiveller that shall be —that shall be—ha ha ha!"

"Ah!" said Dick, "you might have said that a few weeks ago, but it won’t do now, my buck. Immolating herself upon the shrine of Cheggs —"

"Poison Cheggs, cut Cheggs’s ears off," rejoined Quilp. "I won’t hear of Cheggs. Her name is Swiveller or nothing. I’ll drink her health again, and her father’s, and her mother’s; and to all her sisters and brothers — the glorious family of the Wackleses — all the Wackleses in one glass — down with it to the dregs!" [Chapter XXI, 72]

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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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