Nurse and Mother

Harry Furniss


13.8 x 8.8 cm framed

Dickens's Christmas Stories, Part Two, Vol. 16 of Charles Dickens Library Edition, facing page 8.

The 1867 Extra Christmas Number's fiction offering in All the Year Round is a Victorian thriller on the Collins model rather than, as its predecessors in Dickens's journals, a framed tale of some seven or eight separate short stories connected by The fortuitous meeting of their various narrators, as in The Seven Poor Travellers. In the numerous illustrated editions, the story has consistently been the subject of illustration. [Commentary continued below.]

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