"He said, 'Aha! would you?' and began dancing backward and forward": sixth illustration by F. A. Fraser (1844-1896). 9.6 cm high by 13.y cm wide (half-page, horizontally mounted). This wood engraving illustrates p. 41, Chapter Eleven in Charles Dickens's Great Expectations, which appeared as Volume 11 in the Household Edition in 1876.

Passage Illustrated: Pip encounters Herbert Pocket, "The Fighting Boy," at Satis House

“Halloa!” said he, “young fellow!”

Halloa being a general observation which I had usually observed to be best answered by  itself, I said, “Halloa!” politely omitting young fellow.

“Who let you in?” said he.

“Miss Estella.”

“Who gave you leave to prowl about?”

“Miss Estella.”

“Come and fight,” said the pale young gentleman.

What could I do but follow him? I have often asked myself the question since; but what else could I do? His manner was so final, and I was so astonished, that I followed where he led, as if I had been under a spell.

“Stop a minute, though,” he said, wheeling round before we had gone many paces. “I ought to give you a reason for fighting, too. There it is!” In a most irritating manner he instantly slapped his hands against one another, daintily flung one of his legs up behind him, pulled my hair, slapped his hands again, dipped his head, and butted it into my stomach.

The bull-like proceeding last mentioned, besides that it was unquestionably to be regarded in the light of a liberty, was particularly disagreeable just after bread and meat. I therefore hit out at him and was going to hit out again, when he said, “Aha! Would you?” and began dancing backwards and forwards in a manner quite unparalleled within my limited experience.

“Laws of the game!” said he. Here, he skipped from his left leg on to his right. “Regular rules!” Here, he skipped from his right leg on to his left. “Come to the ground, and go through the preliminaries!” Here, he dodged backwards and forwards, and did all sorts of things while I looked helplessly at him. [Chapter XI, 41]

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Bibliography

Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations. Volume 11 of the Household Edition. Illustrated by F. A. Fraser. London: Chapman and Hall, 1876.


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