Interestingly, it vaguely looks a little like Eliot, aka Mary Anne Evans (at right). Of course, it's almost certainly not her. But an amusing similarity nonetheless.
I come across many copies of Eliot's "Silas Marner" in scouting and sorting through books. Have not read it, but was surprised to discover that it served as an inspiration or basis for such disparate films as:
- "The Professional" with Jean Reno and Natalie Portman
- "A Simple Twist of Fate," written by and starring Steve Martin
- "Black Snake Moan" with Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci
And now that I've drawn a connection between a photo in a 19th century volume of poetry and a "Black Snake Moan," I think I need to be done for the day.