The relentless water bore him down. Chapter LXVII of Dickens's Old Curiosity Shop by Thomas Worth in the first Household Edition volume published by Harper & Bros., New York (1872), 214: 3 ½ x 5 ⅜ inches (9 x 13.8 cm) framed. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

Passage Illustrated: Quilp falls off his Wharf and Drowns

As the word passed his lips, he staggered and fell — and next moment was fighting with the cold dark water!

Another mortal struggle, and [Quilp] was up again, beating the water with his hands, and looking out, with wild and glaring eyes that showed him some black object he was drifting close upon. The hull of a ship! He could touch its smooth and slippery surface with his hand. One loud cry, now — but the resistless water bore him down before he could give it utterance, and, driving him under it, carried away a corpse. [Chapter LXVII, 213].

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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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