This morning we visited Shelley and Ron’s home bearing flowers and cards for a particular occasion. Ron was otherwise engaged, but Helen was also present. We enjoyed coffee and conversation and returned home for lunch.

Having reached page 556 of The Pickwick Papers I am ready to reproduce another batch of Charles Keeping’s illustrations to the Folio Society edition.

Close perusal of the last double page spread comparing the author’s text with the lively line drawings will display the artist’s fidelity to Charles Dickens’s writing and the skill of whoever planned the layout of the book. Should it be necessary, a click or two will enlarge the leaves.

This evening we dined on roast lamb; roast potatoes and butternut squash; crisp Yorkshire pudding; crunchy carrots; tender cabbage; and very meaty gravy, with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank Finca Carelio Tempranillo Barrica 2015.


    1. It must have taken years to do the whole set, all of which I have – except for one I lent someone who never returned it. Just reading the books in such detail would nave been a work in itself. Thanks very much, Jill.

  1. It’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans tonight, and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to find a trio like those dowagers roaming the French Quarter tomorrow at sunrise, looking equally attractive and entirely unready for Ash Wednesday services.

  2. So many times I have set out to re-read PP, but have never quite got round to it. I’ll make do now with your well-judged survey of its charms, together with the wonderful illustrations you reproduce. Thank you, Derrick.

  3. Oy, the images are too much for me, ha ha. I’m coming late and have apparently missed a series. Keeping’s skills are undeniable, and I think that’s why they have such an effect. Each character seems to hold a whole world of mischievousness inside, and some look truly ghoulish. Having this illustrated version of the book is marvelous, though. πŸ™‚

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