Household Edition (1873). 9.5 cm high by 13.8 cm wide (3 ⅝ by 5 ½ inches), framed, p. 77. Chapter 12. Running head: "Rosa" (79). [Click on the image to enlarge it.]— thirteenth illustration by Fred Barnard in the
Passage Illustrated: Introducing the Maid who will be Lady Dedlock's Protége
Mrs. Rouncewell is in attendance and receives Sir Leicester's customary shake of the hand with a profound curtsy.
"How do you do, Mrs. Rouncewell? I am glad to see you."
"I hope I have the honour of welcoming you in good health, Sir Leicester?"
"In excellent health, Mrs. Rouncewell."
"My Lady is looking charmingly well," says Mrs. Rouncewell with another curtsy.
My Lady signifies, without profuse expenditure of words, that she is as wearily well as she can hope to be.
But Rosa is in the distance, behind the housekeeper; and my Lady, who has not subdued the quickness of her observation, whatever else she may have conquered, asks, "Who is that girl?"
"A young scholar of mine, my Lady. Rosa."
"Come here, Rosa!" Lady Dedlock beckons her, with even an appearance of interest. "Why, do you know how pretty you are, child?" she says, touching her shoulder with her two forefingers.
Rosa, very much abashed, says, "No, if you please, my Lady!" and glances up, and glances down, and don't know where to look, but looks all the prettier.
"How old are you?"
"Nineteen, my Lady."
"Nineteen," repeats my Lady thoughtfully. "Take care they don't spoil you by flattery." [Chapter XII, "On the Watch," 79]
Barnard introduces the beautiful nineteen-year-old village girl who has just been taken on as a maid at Chesney Wold. Through her innocence and beauty she wins Lady Dedlock's affections, and becomes one of her personal servants. In this scene, Rosa, recently hired at the country house, meets the mistress, just returned from Pasris, and instantly attracts her attention. Lady Dedlock's French maid, Hortense, in succeeding scenes among her fellow servants is obviously jealous of the young woman whom seems to have won a place so quickly in Lady Dedlock's affections.
Related Material, including Other Illustrated Editions of Bleak House
- Bleak House (homepage)
- Phiz's Illustrations for Bleak House (March 1852 - September 1853)
- Sir John Gilbert's Frontispiece in the New York edition (Vol. 1, 1863)
- O. C. Darley's Frontispiece in the New York edition (Vol. 2, 1863)
- O. C. Darley's Frontispiece in the New York edition (Vol. 3, 1863)
- O. C. Darley's Frontispiece in the New York edition (Vol. 4, 1863)
- Sol Eytinge, Junior's 16 Diamond Edition Illustrations (1867)
- Harry Furniss's Illustrations for the Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910)
- Kyd's five Player's Cigarette Cards, 1910
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