[The Tramp and the Beadle]

Edward G. Dalziel

Wood engraving

Dickens's "'Then you're a tramp,' he ses. 'I'd rather be that than a beadle,' I ses." (p. 56) from "Tramps," chapter eleven in The Uncommercial Traveller.

This dialogue is realized in this three-quarter-page woodblock illustration that appears three pages after than the passage in which the tramp reports his verbal duel with a beadle on his way to Dover.

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham

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