Uncaptioned Tailpiece (Wedding Procession). 2.1 cm by 7.4 cm. (¾ x 2 ⅞ inches). small-scale wood-engraving for Gissing's "An Inspiration" in The English Illustrated Magazine (December 1895), p. 275; ed. Clement Shorter. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

Passage Illustrated: A Suggestion of a Wedding

"Do you suppose,” continued the other, gravely, “that I could ever have done that if it hadn't been for your dinner? Never! Never! I should have crept on through my miserable life, and died at last in the workhouse; when all the time there was a woman whose own happiness depended on a bit of courage in me. She'd never have dared to show a will of her own; James Dunning and his wife were too strong for her. Cowards, both of us — but I was the worst. And you put a man's heart into me. Your dinner — your wine — your talk! If I hadn't gone that night, I should never have gone at all — never!”

“I knew that.”

“But what I can't understand is — why did you ask me to dine with you? Why? It's like what they call the finger of Providence.”

“Yes. As I told you — it was an inspiration.” [The English Illustrated Magazine, December 1895: 275]

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Gissing, George. "An Inspiration." Illustrated by Fred Barnard. The English Illustrated Magazine. No. 147 (Dec., 1895): 268-75.

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