The Moonstone, p. 181 and 249. 4 x 6.6 cm. Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham. [You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL.]— uncaptioned vignettes for the narratives contribted by Miss Clack and Mathew Bruff in the Doubleday (New York) 1946 edition of
Passages Suggested by the Vignettes: "First Narrative," Four Ladies in Hooped Skirts
We had a meeting that evening of the Select Committee of the Mothers'-Small-Clothes-Conversion-Society. The object of this excellent Charity is — as all serious people know — to rescue unredeemed fathers' trousers from the pawnbroker, and to prevent their resumption, on the part of the irreclaimable parent, by abridging them immediately to suit the proportions of the innocent son. I was a member, at that time, of the select committee; and I mention the Society here, because my precious and admirable friend, Mr. Godfrey Ablewhite, was associated with our work of moral and material usefulness. I had expected to see him in the boardroom, on the Monday evening of which I am now writing, and had proposed to tell him, when we met, of dear Aunt Verinder's arrival in London. To my great disappointment he never appeared. On my expressing a feeling of surprise at his absence, my sisters of the Committee all looked up together from their trousers (we had a great pressure of business that night), and asked in amazement, if I had not heard the news. I acknowledged my ignorance, and was then told, for the first time, of an event which forms, so to speak, the starting-point of this narrative. On the previous Friday, two gentlemen — occupying widely-different positions in society — had been the victims of an outrage which had startled all London. One of the gentlemen was Mr. Septimus Luker, of Lambeth. The other was Mr. Godfrey Ablewhite. — "Second Period. The Discovery of the Truth (1848-1849). The Events related in several Narratives. First Narrative. Contributed by Miss Clack, Niece of the late Sir John Verinder," Chapter 1, p. 183-184.
Passages Suggested by the Vignettes: "Second Narrative," A Rural Farmhouse
I had a restless night, considering what I ought to do next. How my reflections ended, and how thoroughly well founded my distrust of Mr. Ablewhite proved to be, are items of information which (as I am told) have already been put tidily in their proper places, by that exemplary person, Miss Clack. I have only to add — in completion of her narrative — that Miss Verinder found the quiet and repose which she sadly needed, poor thing, in my house at Hampstead. She honoured us by making a long stay. My wife and daughters were charmed with her; and, when the executors decided on the appointment of a new guardian, I feel sincere pride and pleasure in recording that my guest and my family parted like old friends, on either side. — "Second Period. The Discovery of the Truth (1848-1849). The Events related in several Narratives. Second Narrative. Contributed by Mathew Bruff, Solictor, of Gray's Inn Square," Chapter 1, p. 258.
The miniature illustrations merely suggest passages rather than realize dramatic moments in the text, but Sharp seems to have been content to use such hastily drawn miniatures to pique the interest of the reader. Who are these fashionably dressed middle-aged ladies, and what has brought them together? How is an apparently rural farmhouse (in fact, attorney Bruff's extensive cottage at Hampstead, just outside London) connected with the fate of femme sole heiress Rachel Verinder? Only a careful reading of these narratives can address these questions that initially arise in readers' minds.
Both vignettes contain significant material. The ladies'-small-clothes-society is a group of comfortably circumstanced, upper-middle-class ladies of whom Miss Clack is a leading member — and for whom the civic-minded Godfrey Ablewhite acts as a kind of spokesperson and advisor. Ultimately he expects to collect handsome bequests from these charitable do-gooders. The rural property (in a chapter that discusses another kind of property, Rachel's inheritance) is where Franklin Blake and Rachel will be reunited, and will begin to come to terms with Rachel's "ocular proof" that Franklin is the thief.
- The Moonstone and British India (1857, 1868, and 1876)
- Detection and Disruption inside and outside the 'quiet English home' in The Moonstone
- Introduction to the Sixty-six Harper's Weekly Illustrations for The Moonstone (1868)
- The Harper's Weekly Illustrations for Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone (1868)
- George Du Maurier, "Do you think a young lady's advice worth having?" — p. 94.
- Illustrations by F. A. Fraser for Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone: A Romance (1890)
- Illustrations by John Sloan for Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone: A Romance (1908)
- 1910 illustrations by Alfred Pearse for The Moonstone.
Collins, Wilkie. The Moonstone: A Romance. with sixty-six illustrations. Harper's Weekly: A Journal of Civilization. Vol. 12 (1868), 4 January through 8 August, pp. 5-503.
Collins, Wilkie. The Moonstone: A Romance. All the Year Round. 1 January-8 August 1868.
_________. The Moonstone: A Novel. With many illustrations. First edition. New York: Harper and Brothers, [July] 1868.
_________. The Moonstone: A Novel. With 19 illustrations. Second edition. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1874.
_________. The Moonstone: A Romance. Illustrated by George Du Maurier and F. A. Fraser. London: Chatto and Windus, 1890.
_________. The Moonstone. With 19 illustrations. The Works of Wilkie Collins. New York: Peter Fenelon Collier, 1900. Volumes 6 and 7.
_________. The Moonstone: A Romance. With four illustrations by John Sloan. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1908.
_________. The Moonstone: A Romance. Illustrated by A. S. Pearse. London & Glasgow: Collins, 1910, rpt. 1930.
_________. The Moonstone. Illustrated by William Sharp. New York: Doubleday, 1946.
_________. The Moonstone: A Romance. With nine illustrations by Edwin La Dell. London: Folio Society, 1951.
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