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All the red tape in the country grew redder at the bare mention of this bold and original conception.

Background. “All the red tape in the country grew redder at the bare mention of this bold and original conception” is a quotation from a speech given by Charles Dickens at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The speech, promoting administrative reform was given on 27th June 1855.     Have Your Say. Give your view […]

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No man can estimate the amount of mischief grown in dirt.

Background. “No man can estimate the amount of mischief grown in dirt” is a quotation from a speech by Charles Dickens. The speech, on sanitary reform, was at a dinner for the Metropolitan Sanitary Association given on the 10 May 1851 at Gore House, Kensington.   Context. Charles Dickens attended the event with his friend […]

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How I could have been so easily cast away at such an age.

Background. “How I could have been so easily cast away at such an age” is a quotation from the letters from Charles Dickens to John Forster. The quotation was published in Forster’s biography published soon after the death of Dickens.   Context. Dickens reflects on being sent to work in Warren’s Blacking Factory at the […]

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