This is a version of the wood-engraving by Joseph Swain published in the periodical Once a Week on 12 April, 1862. The story is by Harriet Martineau. The British Museum has a wood engraving of an earlier scene of a young woman at the feet of an elderly woman. This scene depicts the conclusion of the narrative when the lovers, Anna and Henry, are reunited:
... and they were soon hidden in the wood, their horses tied to trees... The volume was there - untouched since Anna had read in it last. She showed what her last lesson been: and then they took out their precious book, hiding away in its four-legged case. They lived to have a handsome family Bible, in a place of honour in their own hall: but to the end of their days this was the Bible from which they read together.