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Frontispiece of the 1853 G. Routledge & Co. Reprint Depicting Ellen's Arrival in Thirlwall


This black and white illustration, appearing as the frontispiece to the 1853 G. Routledge & Co. reprint, depicts Ellen left alone at the door of the village inn, the “Star” of Thirwall, to meet her aunt. The stagecoach that left Ellen there can be seen driving away, carrying the maid Timmins who had cared for Ellen on her journey. A stranger, later identified as Sam, looms behind Ellen, sweeping the porch of the inn. A number of chickens and ducks wander in the street around Ellen. The caption below the illustration reads, "Ellen left at the door of the Village Inn," referencing the scene on page 81 of the novel, at the end of chapter VIII and the beginning of chapter IX. The name of the illustrator, Dalziel, is inscribed in the lower-right corner of the illustration.

Subjects: Arriving in Thirlwall, Ellen, Sam

Identifier: 47CIA_14

Illustration on Page 98b of the [1899] George Routledge & Sons, Ltd. Reprint Depicting Ellen at the Spout


This illustration, appearing on page 98b of the [1899] George Routledge and Sons reprint, depicts Ellen attempting to wash at a spout behind her Aunt Fortune's home. Ellen leans over a trough, unsuccessfully attempting to catch water in her hands. A barn stands behind Ellen as several white birds circle above it, and her bright red dress stands out against the lush green hills and trees that extend into the background behind her. A caption below the illustration quotes a passage from page 90 reads, "'But what shall I do without a basin?' thought Ellen; 'I can't catch any water in my hands, it runs too fast.'" Ellen's obvious discomfort in nature is highlighted by her failed attempt to catch the water, but the openness of the hills behind her suggests an opportunity for discovery. An image of the spout first appeared in volume 1 of the 1853 George Palmer Putnam Edition (see 11CIA).

Subjects: The Spout, Ellen

Identifier: 3DES_33_98b