"like some storybook peddler from an antique time"
A peddler of rat poison
Public DomainA peddler of rat poison - Credit: Paul Gavarni (1804–1866)

A classic figure of storybooks and fairytales, the peddler is always a lonesome figure, bearing the weight of his past as well as his wares. This one seems to suffer the unbearable knowledge of the future as well.