Mr. Harthouse and Tom Bounderby [sic] in the Garden
Wood engraving by Joseph Swain
7 x 4¼ inches
Charles Dickens, Hard Times for These Times, originally serialized in Household Words, 1 April-12 August 1854 (unillustrated). Illustration opposite p. 97 in the Illustrated Library Edition (1868).
Although Dickens develops the scene through Tom's words, he explores the irony of the comments that are passing through Harthouse's consciousness in order to dramatise Tom's ennui while developing the character of the suave, disaffected tempter who, having failed in military, has determined to make a mark in the Conservative Party.
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