"You're in spirits, Tugby, my dear."

A. A. Dixon


Lithographic reproduction of watercolour

12.2 cm high x 8.1 cm wide

Second illustration for The Christmas Books, Collins' Pocket Edition (1906), facing page 160.

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The good-natured groceress who "carries" Trotty in his dream-vision marries the venial Tugby, Sir Joseph Bowley's porter, and changes the name of her "firm" accordingly. She and her husband enjoy their creature comforts (epitomised by muffins and Sally Lunns), and forget about their neighbors' suffering. [Commentary continued below.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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