Old Curiosity Shop by Thomas Worth in the first Household Edition volume published by Harper & Bros., New York (1872), 180: 4 ⅛ x 5 ½ inches (10.6 x 13.7 cm) framed. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]Chapter LVII of Dickens's
Passage Illustrated: Dick Swiveller treats The Marchioness
"Could you eat any bread and meat?" said Dick, taking down his hat. "Yes? Ah! I thought so. Did you ever taste beer?"
"I had a sip of it once," said the small servant.
"Here’s a state of things!" cried Mr. Swiveller, raising his eyes to the ceiling. "She never tasted it — it can’t be tasted in a sip! Why, how old are you?"
"I don’t know."
Mr. Swiveller opened his eyes very wide, and appeared thoughtful for a moment; then, bidding the child mind the door until he came back, vanished straightway.
Presently, he returned, followed by the boy from the public-house, who bore in one hand a plate of bread and beef, and in the other a great pot, filled with some very fragrant compound, which sent forth a grateful steam, and was indeed choice purl, made after a particular recipe which Mr Swiveller had imparted to the landlord, at a period when he was deep in his books and desirous to conciliate his friendship. Relieving the boy of his burden at the door, and charging his little companion to fasten it to prevent surprise, Mr. Swiveller followed her into the kitchen.
"There!" said Richard, putting the plate before her. "First of all clear that off, and then you’ll see what’s next."
The small servant needed no second bidding, and the plate was soon empty. [Chapter LVII, 166]
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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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