The confidential clerk of Tellson's Bank

Harry Furniss


13 x 7 cm vignetted

Thirteenth illustration illustration for A Tale of Two Cities in A Tale of Two Cities, American Notes, Pictures from Italy, Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), vol. 13, facing 136.

If Mr. Stryver, the egotistical barrister, and his "jackal, " Sydney Carton, are fellows of no delicacy, after generations of service to t his venerable commercial establishment , the confidential chief clerk of Tellson's Bank, Temple Bar, is able to keep his own counsel and others'. Furniss suggests his readiness to conduct business — and, like Madame Defarge, keep accurate records for future use — by the quill pen behind his right ear. [Commentary continued below.]

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