This illustration is from Sir Walter Scott's 1817 novel Rob Roy. It's set in Scotland in the time period leading up to the Jacobite Uprising of 1715. In this scene, the novel's protagonist, Frank Obaldistone, confronts his cousin, the turncoat Rashleigh, and engages in a duel with him. Their fight is broken up by Rob Roy MacGregor.
Well, the "underwater spy" birthday party was a rousing success, with several spy games being played, a turtle cake, an octopus hanging on the dining room light, and of course, the spy fish pinata. One of my niece's older brothers helped out by donning a spy outfit and making balloon fish and eels while walking about on his stilts:
After the party was over and all non-family guests had gone home, we decided to go hiking so as to enjoy the beautiful fall day and let the kids run off some of the excess sugar.
There’s gold, and it’s haunting and haunting; It’s luring me on as of old; Yet it isn’t the gold that I’m wanting So much as just finding the gold. It’s the great, big, broad land ’way up yonder, It’s the forests where silence has lease; It’s the beauty that thrills me with wonder, It’s the stillness that fills me with peace.
This is an illustration from Richard Doddridge Blackmore's 1869 novel Lorna Doone. It is the occasion of the wedding between John Ridd and Lorna. Just as they complete their vows, the evil and brutish Carver Doone enters the church and shoots Lorna Doone.
This illustration is of a scene in Jane Austen's 1811 novel Sense and Sensibility. In it, the charming cad John Willoughby is engaged in a flirtatious relationship with young and impetuous Marianne Dashwood. When she allows him to cut a lock of her hair to keep as a memento- the actions of a betrothed couple- Marianne's sisters and mother suppose that the couple are secretly engaged. They're not, and it turns out that there's a lot they don't know about Mr. Willoughby.
This is an illustration from Robert Louis Stevenson's 1883 novel Treasure Island. In this scene, Billy Bones has died of a heart attack after being given the black spot by Blind Pew. Having originally fled the inn, Jim Hawkins and his widowed mother return to get the money which Bones owed them. They think they have until ten o'clock at night before Pew and his cohorts return, which was what the time written on the black spot, but it is only a little after six in the evening when they hear the tapping of Blind Pew's cane on the street outside.