John Everett Millais

Wood engraving by the Dalziels

6¾ x 4¼ inches

Anthony Trollope, Orley Farm, facing, II, 32.

The plot unravels as Lady Mason confesses her guilt to Sir Peregrine. The illustration is a literal representation of directions in the text: ‘She threw herself at his feet and wound her arms around his knees’ (p.32). Such extremis is unusual in Trollope’s writing, compelling the artist to deploy a melodramatic pose which is fundamentally at odds with his focus on an undemonstrative inwardness.

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