The Dismissal of Tom Pinch.

Harry Furniss


13.3​ cm high by 9.7 cm wide, vignetted

Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit, Vol. 7 of Charles Dickens Library Edition, Chapter 31; illustration The Dismissal of Tom Pinch, facing p. 512. The manly bearing and serious, mature face of Pecksniff's architectural apprentice, contrasting the over-the-top outrage of Pecksniff, offer the reader a fresh perspective on the heretofore timid and acquiescent little clerk, who stoically withstands his pompous employer's accusations. Tom steadfastly keeps his own counsel, and does what he thinks best for young Martin and Mary Graham, even though doing so means losing his situation.

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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