Tom Pinch at the Brass and Copper Founder's.

Harry Furniss


14.7​ cm high​ by 9.7 cm wide vignetted

Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit, Vol. 7 of The​ ​ Charles​ Dickens Library Edition, Chapter​ 36, "Tom Pinch Departs to Seek his Fortune. What He finds at Starting," facing p. 592.​The narrative now shifts to the aftermath of Pecksniff's discharging Tom Pinch, who sets out for London to find his sister, Ruth. She is a little younger than her brother, and works as a governess for the family of an industrialist in Camberwell, a new suburb south of the Thames suitable for such a wealthy, upper-middle class family. Treated with disrespect by her demanding employers, Ruth is delighted when her brother gives the brass-and-copper founder a piece of his mind — and her notice.

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