He Went Down Upon His Knee Before Her On
    The Poor Mean Stairs, And Put An End Of Her
    Shawl To His Lips

"He Went Down Upon His Knee Before Her On The Poor Mean Stairs, And Put An End Of Her Shawl To His Lips" by Harry French. Wood engraving. 1870s. 13.8 cm wide x 9.5 cm high. Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one..]

This illustration for the British Household Edition of Dickens's Hard Times for These Times depicts Stephen and Rachael in front of the steps leading to the street near Stephen's room (Book I, Ch. 13, p. 41). After the drama in the sickroom over the poison bottle, Stephen venerates the saintly Rachael.


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Last modified 17 April 2002