At length everything was ready and they went off — for Chap. XXXVII by Charles Green. 1876. ½ (10.8 cm high by x 13.8 cm wide). Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop, in the 1876 British Household Edition, XII: 145. Running head: "A Holiday Indeed" (145). [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

Context of the Illustration: Kit Nubbles takes Jacob and Barbara to Astley's

However, it was high time now to be thinking of the play; for which great preparation was required, in the way of shawls and bonnets, not to mention one handkerchief full of oranges and another of apples, which took some time tying up, in consequence of the fruit having a tendency to roll out at the corners. At length, everything was ready, and they went off very fast; Kit’s mother carrying the baby, who was dreadfully wide awake, and Kit holding little Jacob in one hand, and escorting Barbara with the other—a state of things which occasioned the two mothers, who walked behind, to declare that they looked quite family folks, and caused Barbara to blush and say, "Now don’t, mother!" But Kit said she had no call to mind what they said; and indeed she need not have had, if she had known how very far from Kit’s thoughts any love-making was. Poor Barbara! [Chapter XXXIX, 144].

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Dickens, Charles. The Old Curiosity Shop. Illustrated by Charles Green. The Household Edition. 22 vols. London: Chapman and Hall, 1876. XII.

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