A Flaw In The Printing

This morning I completed the addressing of the last of the cards for posting.

After lunch I scanned the next six of Charles Keeping’s marvellous illustrations to my Folio Society edition of ‘Dombey and Son’.

‘He caught her to his heart’

‘ ‘I beg your pardon, ‘ interposes Cousin Feenix’

‘ ‘Let go, will you? What are you doing of?’ ‘

‘She wound her wild black hair around her hand’

The drawing of ‘She surveyed him with a haughty contempt and disgust’, shows the gentleman’s unusually sheathed teeth indicating his discomfort;

and, in the foreground of ‘Away, at a gallop, over the black landscape’ the teeth display alarm instead of the usual broad grin.

Because of a flaw in the printing of this page, I have not included the text with the image which is too good to omit.

Max, of Peacock Computers, visited this afternoon to troubleshoot the new landline, and to tidy up the cable spaghetti of the improved broadband system.

Afterwards we posted the cards and bought bread and tomatoes at Everton Post Office.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s substantial chicken and vegetable stewp and fresh crusty bread and butter, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Pomerol.


  1. Love these Mr. Keeping’s illustrations! Again, the faces, expressions, hairdos and clothing absolutely fascinate me! The β€˜He caught her to his heart’ illustration and the 3 horses illustration…spectacular! πŸ™‚
    YUM YUM YUMMY on Jackie’s stewp and bread meal! ?
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚
    PS…”cable spaghetti”…great term…we have some. πŸ™‚

  2. A great deal about a character can be conveyed aobut a character with teeth.

    Speaking of teeth, your supper looks really good! Homemade soup and crusty bread is one of my favorite meals.

  3. These illustrations are particularly good because there is enough detail to spark the imagination to fill in. That one with the horses has so much motion!

  4. Hope you labelled or colour coded all those cables, always useful to know what goes where! I used to do that for my husband. He was such a handyman and could turn his hand to anything until it came to computers! ?
    Stewp sound lovely.

  5. His illustrations are absolutely magnificent. For example, in the first one you can see with just a two or three lines the shape of her leg under the dress. And then that haughty girl later one. She would be one to avoid.

    1. Thanks very much, Jill. In the countryside the village shop/Post Office was quite common. Mat and Tess’s Village shop was also a Post Office until the P.O. closed down that side of it.

  6. Such interesting characters! The illustrations tempt me to read more, though I have such a long to read list. I like the romance of, “β€˜He caught her to his heart’”

  7. Various angles chosen by Keeping to represent events and emotions in Dickens’s story have resulted in startling elucidations enormously augmenting the value of the narrative. Food photographs are excellent and enticing.

  8. Even the design of the chairs complements the flowing lines of the couple in the first illustrations, while the black hair draws the eye to “love and trustfulness” expressed by the body position. The last one is remarkable not only by the display of the teeth, but also by the overall impression of the speed.
    The Culinary Queen has outdone herself again.

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