Friday, 3 April 2009

Off the shelf: Walter Crane 3

Here Pat seems to have abandoned the beach and will probably end up with an ASBO for causing mayhem in the farmyard. On an earlier page Dick was sick and couldn’t get up, but he seems to have recovered quick and is now just as intent as Pat on tormenting the (unnamed) pig with a wig that may belong to the local judiciary. Even the horse (Dobbin) is appalled by their behaviour.
Remember this is a school textbook.
The three ducks with clothes-peg beaks, scrambling to get out of the pond, have stirred up the water and shifted the pig’s reflection to an impossible position, thus balancing the picture.

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