The Old Curiosity Shop.

Many’s the hard day’s walking in rain and mud, and with never a penny earned.

Background. “Many’s the hard day’s walking in rain and mud, and with never a penny earned. ” is a quotation from The Old Curiosity Shop (Chapter 37). The Old Curiosity Shop was the fourth novel by Charles Dickens and follows the life of Nell Trent and her grandfather, both residents of The Old Curiosity Shop in […]

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Hard Times.

He had not much hair. One might have fancied he had talked it off; and that what was left, all standing up in disorder, was in that condition from being constantly blown about by his windy boastfulness.

Background. “He had not much hair.  One might have fancied he had talked it off; and that what was left, all standing up in disorder, was in that condition from being constantly blown about by his windy boastfulness.” is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 1, Chapter 4). Hard Times – For These Times (more […]

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In the innocence of her brave affection, and the brimming up of her old devoted spirit, the once deserted girl shone like a beautiful light upon the darkness of the other.

Background. “In the innocence of her brave affection, and the brimming up of her old devoted spirit, the once deserted girl shone like a beautiful light upon the darkness of the other.” is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 3, Chapter 1). Hard Times – For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) […]

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The occasional appearance of the river in the drawing-room, and the contemporaneous disappearance of the lawn and shrubbery.

Background. “The occasional appearance of the river in the drawing-room, and the contemporaneous disappearance of the lawn and shrubbery.” is a quotation from the novel Dombey and Son (Chapter 24). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens’s seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.     Context. This quotation describes flooding of the Skettles’ villa at […]

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