The Shade of Agnes

Harry Furniss

lithograph from pen-and-ink


10.4 x 6.5 cm, framed

Final llustration for Dickens's Oliver Twist, The Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), facing III, 416.

Passage illustrated: “Within the altar of the old village church there stands a white marble tablet, which bears as yet but one word:, — ‘AGNES.’ There is no coffin in that tomb; and may it be many, many years, before another name is placed above it! But, if the spirits of the Dead ever come back to earth, to visit spots hallowed by the love — the love beyond the grave — of those whom they knew in life, I believe that the shade of Agnes sometimes hovers round that solemn nook. I believe it none the less because that nook is a Church, and she was weak and erring. [Thus closes the novel. — Chapter 53, "And Last," 418]

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