On the only dry morning of a largely dreary day we visited Tesco for Jackie to obtain further ingredients for her Boxing Day curries, and to acquire petrol.
Having now read fifty more pages of ‘Dombey and Son’ I scanned the next nine of Charles Keeping’s exquisitely detailed illustrations to my Folio Society edition.
‘Painted and patched for the sun to mock’
In ‘The horse, in his struggles to get up, kicked him’ features the artist’s trademark dog, with Keeping’s own imagination demonstrating the animal’s distress at the accident.
‘Awake, doomed man, while she is near’
‘Mr Dombey, in a paroxysm of rage, pulled his hair rather than nothing’
‘She confronted him with the same self-possession and steadiness’
‘ ‘Don’t mind her,’ she said; ‘she’s a strange creetur’
‘She cast the gems upon the ground’
‘The captain carried her up’. Note how the stairs are indicated.
Of all the delicate details in ‘She dared not look into the glass’ perhaps the mirror is the cleverest.
Later, I published https://derrickjknight.com/2021/12/13/a-knights-tale-78-divorce/
The Culinary Queen perfected her Boxing Day Chicken Jalfrezi during the day,
saving enough of the sauce prepared yesterday to see us through the week on lamb jalfrezi and pilau rice, which we began this evening with her favourite Hoegaarden and more of the Malbec for me.