Withers the Wan, at this period, handing around the tea, Mr. Dombey again addressed himself to Edith. — Fred Barnard's twenty-second illustration for Dickens's Dombey and Son, Household Edition (1877), p. 152 (scene from chap. xxi). Wood engraving by the Dalziels, 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inches (10.7 cm high by 13.9 cm wide), framed. Running head: "A Little Music," 153. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]

Passage Illustrated: Setting the stage for the Second Mrs. Dombey

The Major replied that it was hard in Cleopatra to require the world to be all heart, and yet to appropriate to herself the hearts of all the world; which obliged Cleopatra to remind him that flattery was insupportable to her, and that if he had the boldness to address her in that strain any more, she would positively send him home.

Withers the Wan, at this period, handing round the tea, Mr Dombey again addressed himself to Edith.

"There is not much company here, it would seem?" said Mr Dombey, in his own portentous gentlemanly way.

"I believe not. We see none."

"Why really," observed Mrs. Skewton from her couch, "there are no people here just now with whom we care to associate."

"They have not enough heart," said Edith, with a smile. The very twilight of a smile: so singularly were its light and darkness blended. [Chapter 21, "New Faces," 151]

Other Illustrators' Interpretations of these Characters

Left: Clayton J. Clarke's Player's Cigarette Card No. 7 watercolour study: Major Bagstock (1910). Centre: Phiz's initial study of the Major, Chapter 19: Major Bagstock is delighted to have that opportunity (March 1847). Right: Clayton J. Clarke's Player's Cigarette Card No. 42 watercolour study: Mr. Dombey (1910)

Related Material including Other Illustrated Editions of Dombey and Son

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Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son. Illustrated by Phiz. (Hablot K. Browne). London: Chapman and Hall, 1848.

_______. Dombey and Son. Illustrated by Hablot Knight Browne (Phiz). 8 coloured plates. London and Edinburgh: Caxton and Ballantyne, Hanson, 1910.

_______. Dombey and Son. Illustrated by Fred Barnard [62 composite wood-block engravings]. The Works of Charles Dickens. The Household Edition. 22 vols. London: Chapman and Hall, 1877. XV.

"Dombey and Son — Sixty-two Illustrations by Fred Barnard." Scenes and Characters from the Works of Charles Dickens, Being Eight Hundred and Sixty-six Drawings by Fred Barnard, Gordon Thomson, Hablot Knight Browne (Phiz), J. McL. Ralston, J. Mahoney, H. French, Charles Green, E. G. Dalziel, A. B. Frost, F. A. Fraser, and Sir Luke Fildes. London: Chapman and Hall, 1907.

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