Elfride's Freak on Endelstow Tower
James Abbott Pasquier
11.4 x 17.6 cm high
Illustration for Thomas Hardy's A Pair of Blue Eyes in Tinsley's Magazine, chapters 15-18, XI, 164
Pasquier's caption condenses "She reddened a little and walked on. 'Miss Swancourt, I insist upon your coming down,' he exclaimed. 'I will in a minute. I am safe enough. I have done it often.'" from serial chapter XVIII (the last of four in the January 1873 instalment). In fact, the fifth plate combines this passage's depiction of a hubristically self-confident Elfride with Knight's darting forward, right arm extended, a moment later, after she has lost her balance: "Knight sprang forward with a face of horror." [commentary continued below]
Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.
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