The Gibbet on the Marshes [uncaptioned]

John McLenan

24 November 1860

9.5 cm high by 6 cm wide (3 ¾ by 2 ¼ inches)

Dickens's Great Expectations,

Harper's Weekly 4 (24 November 1860): 740.

Not reproduced in the T. B. Peterson single-volume edition of 1861

The marshes were just a long black horizontal line then, as I stopped to look after him; and the river was just another horizontal line, not nearly so broad nor yet so black; and the sky was just a row of long angry red lines and dense black lines intermixed. On the edge of the river I could faintly make out the only two black things in all the prospect that seemed to be standing upright; one of these was the beacon by which the sailors steered,—like an unhooped cask upon a pole,—an ugly thing when you were near it; the other, a gibbet, with some chains hanging to it which had once held a pirate. [741]

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