Having sent Tobias to collect a debt, a blind Tobit knocks over his wifeâ€™s spinning wheel and gropes
for the door in his excitement to see his long-absent son. Rembrandt selectively inked and wiped
the plate of this beautiful impression to enhance the sceneâ€™s meaning. The dark ink left behind the
figure accentuates Tobitâ€™s isolation and makes his beard-the only area of the print without any ink-seem even brighter, dramatizing the fatherâ€™s anguished expression. Tobitâ€™s shadow is cast by the firelight onto the wall to the far left of the doorway, symbolizing how far he has strayed from his goal and the poignancy of his condition.