Mr. Toots replies by launching wildly out into Miss Dombey's praises. . . . — Fred Barnard's forty-second illustration for Dickens's Dombey and Son, Household Edition (1877), full-page, p. 284 (scene from chap. xxxix). Wood engraving by the Dalziels, 3 ⅝ x 5 ⅜ inches (9.3 cm high by 13.8 cm wide), framed. Running head: "An Alarming Surprise," 285. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]

Passage Illustrated: Rob the Grinder bids Captain Cuttle farewell

"Oh! I beg your pardon, Captain, but you mayn’t be in want of any pigeons, may you, Sir?"

"No, my lad," replied the Captain.

"Because I was wishing to dispose of mine, Captain," said Rob.

"Ay, ay?" cried the Captain, lifting up his bushy eyebrows a little.

"Yes; I’m going, Captain, if you please," said Rob.

"Going? Where are you going?" asked the Captain, looking round at him over the glasses.

"What? didn’t you know that I was going to leave you, Captain?" asked Rob, with a sneaking smile.

The Captain put down the paper, took off his spectacles, and brought his eyes to bear on the deserter.

"Oh yes, Captain, I am going to give you warning. I thought you’d have known that beforehand, perhaps," said Rob, rubbing his hands, and getting up. ‘If you could be so good as provide yourself soon, Captain, it would be a great convenience to me. You couldn’t provide yourself by to-morrow morning, I am afraid, Captain: could you, do you think?"

"And you’re a going to desert your colours, are you, my lad?" said the Captain, after a long examination of his face. [Chapter 39, "Further Adventures of Captain Edward Cuttle, Mariner," 281]

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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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