"I have found your old master and young mistress", tailpiece for Chapter XL of Dickens's Old Curiosity Shop by Thomas Worth in the first Household Edition volume published by Harper & Bros., New York (1872), 128: 3 ½ x 5 3⁄16 inches (9 x 13.7 cm) framed. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

Context of the Illustration: The Wayfarers Located

He was closeted with Mr Witherden for some little time, and Mr. Abel had been called in to assist at the conference, before Kit, wondering very much what he was wanted for, was summoned to attend them.

"Christopher," said the gentleman, turning to him directly he entered the room, "I have found your old master and young mistress."

"No, Sir! Have you, though?" returned Kit, his eyes sparkling with delight. "Where are they, Sir? How are they, Sir? Are they — are they near here?"

"A long way from here," returned the gentleman, shaking his head. "But I am going away to-night to bring them back, and I want you to go with me."

"Me, sir?" cried Kit, full of joy and surprise.

"The place," said the strange gentleman, turning thoughtfully to the Notary, "indicated by this man of the dogs, is — how far from here — sixty miles?"

From sixty to seventy."

"Humph! If we travel post all night, we shall reach there in good time to-morrow morning. Now, the only question is, as they will not know me, and the child, God bless her, would think that any stranger pursuing them had a design upon her grandfather’s liberty — can I do better than take this lad, whom they both know and will readily remember, as an assurance to them of my friendly intentions?" [Chapter XL, 128]

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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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