Well the revolution may finally be underway in the weeklies, but for those increasingly select few of Dickens’s readers who had opted for the monthlies, they’d have only just reached the halfway point. Here then are the first visualisations of episodes from weeks 13-16, and at last we can see a bit of the old Phiz bubbling up (pun intended) with “The Spy’s funeral”:
Crowd scene – check. Lots of dynamics – check. Probably the best illustration of the lot so far, my only criticism would be that it’s actually too reminiscent of early Dickens – the comic mayhem depicted in the picture is a little at odds with the scene as described by Dickens, which I read with more hints of malice and savagery rather than jolly fun and japes – or is that just me? On to the second illustration, “The Wine Shop” :
Barsard looks suitably oily in his posturing, nicely contrasted to the visibly indifferent Defarges. However, and this is a personal taste thing – I really don’t like the depiction of Madame Defarge, who looks more like a typical Dickens heroine than the sadistic devil woman we all know and love. I wonder whether Dickens gave any input on this matter?