A Tale of Two Cities.

There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.

Background. “There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.” is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book. 3, Chapter 10). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the […]

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A Tale of Two Cities.

Keep where you are, because, if I should make a mistake, it could never be set right in your lifetime.

Background. “Keep where you are, because, if I should make a mistake, it could never be set right in your lifetime.“ is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book 1, Chapter 2). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and […]

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A Tale of Two Cities.

Dead as mutton, and can’t be too dead.

Background. “Dead as mutton, and can’t be too dead.“ is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book. 2, Chapter 14 (The Honest Tradesman). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels […]

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I’ll keep my Christmas humour to the last.

Background. “I’ll keep my Christmas humour to the last.” is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. Quotation said by Fred, Scrooge’s nephew. Fred, a jovial character in the story, is determined […]

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That it is a great work to have cut you away from father’s life, and to have made a new and good beginning.

Background. “That it is a great work to have cut you away from father’s life, and to have made a new and good beginning.” is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 1, Chapter 3). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens‘s fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1864 and 1865.   Context. Quotation said […]

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A tight-fisted hand at the grindstone.

Background. “A tight-fisted hand at the grindstone.” is a quotation taken from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. The quote is from a paragraph describing Ebenezer Scrooge at the beginning of A Christmas […]

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I think it’s liquid aggravation that circulates through his veins, and not regular blood.

Background. “I think it’s liquid aggravation that circulates through his veins, and not regular blood.” is a quotation from Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter 11). Martin Chuzzlewit was the sixth novel by Charles Dickens originally published between 1843 and 1844.     Context. Quotation said by Jonas Chuzzlewit. Jonas is describing his father, the older Martin Chuzzlewit […]

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The slighter branches cracked and rattled as they moved, in skeleton dances, to its moaning music.

Background. “The slighter branches cracked and rattled as they moved, in skeleton dances, to its moaning music.” is a quotation from Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter 2). Martin Chuzzlewit, is the sixth novel by Charles Dickens originally published between 1843 and 1844.     Context. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 2 of the novel Martin Chuzzlewit: The […]

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On the motionless branches of some trees, autumn berries hung like clusters of coral beads, as in those fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels.

Background. “On the motionless branches of some trees, autumn berries hung like clusters of coral beads, as in those fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels.” is a quotation from Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter 2). Martin Chuzzlewit, is the sixth novel by Charles Dickens originally published between 1843 and 1844.     Context. Taken from the […]

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