Handed Baptista a newspaper

Gordon Browne


Wood engraving

8 by 9.3 cm. (irregularly vignetted

Thomas Hardy's "A Mere Interlude" The London Magazine 10 (May 1903): 498

Full caption: "Handed Baptista a newspaper on which she discerned the heading: 'A school-master drowned while bathing.'"

Enquiring discreetly of a shopman as to whether anything had been heard of the gentleman recently sucked down while swimming, Baptista hands her a local newspaper announcing that the body has been washed ashore.