Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley Begin their Journeys

Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley, accompanied by Jos Sedley, depart Miss Pinkerton's Academy for Young Ladies in Chiswick Mall. They soon arrive at the Sedley home in Russell Square, then a desirable location in London. Thackeray's accompanying illustration, "Rebecca's Farewell," is one of the most famous in Vanity Fair (1847-48).  It shows Becky flinging the Johnson's Dictionary, a parting gift from Miss Jemima Pinkerton, as she leaves Chiswick Mall behind her. 

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