John surveyed it from a safe distance

A. A. Dixon


Lithographic reproduction of watercolour

12.2 cm high x 8.1 cm wide

Fourth llustration for The Christmas Books, Collins' Pocket Edition (1906), facing page 193.

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The nuclear family around whom the plot of the domestic novella revolves includes the carrier John Peerybingle; his young wife, Dot; their infant; and the awkward but good-hearted adolescent nurse, Tilly Slowboy. [Commentary continued below.]

Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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