Sikes and Nancy, a Reading by Charles Dickens was published by Henry Sotheran and Co., London in 1921.  It is a reprint of the privately printed edition formerly in the collection of Sir Henry Irving.  The copy of the privately printed edition, containing the penciled-in stage directions, agrees with the made-up copy used by Dickens himself.  The text on pages 38 and 39 carries the murder scene in which Bill Sikes bludgeons Nancy to death.  After his final reading, weakened by a series of strokes and suffering from emotion and fatigue, Dickens addressed his audience for the last time: “From these garish lights I now vanish forever more with a heartfelt, grateful, respectful, affectionate farewell.”