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Look into your churches—diminished congregations, and scanty attendance.

“Look into your churches—diminished congregations, and scanty attendance.” is a quote taken from Sunday Under Three Heads, Chapter 2. Under the pseudonym Timothy Sparks, Dickens wrote the pamphlet Sunday Under Three Heads to defend the people’s right to pleasure on their only day of rest, Sunday, in face of plans from religious bodies to prohibit […]

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The African project at present employs my whole time.

Background. “The African project at present employs my whole time.” is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 4). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.   Context. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 4 of Bleak […]

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Solitary as an oyster.

Background. “Solitary as an oyster.” 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 Carol, who […]

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