This afternoon I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/12/29/a-knights-tale-84-charles-and-betty/
Afterwards, having read enough more of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, I scanned another five of Charles Keeping’s extremely expressive illustrations to this Dickens novel.
‘Father and son, looking silently on at the morning traffic’
‘ ‘How say you? Are they very like each other?’ ‘
‘Both resorted to the drinking-table without stint’
‘ ‘What has gone wrong?’ said Monsieur, calmly looking out’ gives the artist an opportunity to employ his device of sandwiching a slice of text between the bread of two parts of a picture, thus indicating the space between them.
‘The Marquis took a gentle little pinch of snuff’
Mat, Tess, and Poppy having returned to Sussex late this morning, the rest of us grazed this evening. Jackie and I enjoyed tempura prawns and her tasty savoury rice with a slice of Tess’s excellent Christmas cake. I drank Côtes de Gascogne Merlot-Tannat 2019.