As the brightest lights cast the deepest shadows, so are the splendours and luxuries of the West-end found in juxta-position with the most deplorable manifestations of human wretchedness and depravity.

Background.

Devils AcreitemAs the brightest lights cast the deepest shadows, so are the splendours and luxuries of the West-end found in juxta-position with the most deplorable manifestations of human wretchedness and depravity” is a quotation from The Devil’s Acre.

item The Devil’s Acre was an article, written by Charles Dickens, exploring the notorious slum area around Westminster in the Victorian era known as Devil’s Acre. It was first published in Dickens own weekly magazine Household Words on 22 June, 1850.

 

Context.

item Taken from the opening paragraph:

THERE are multitudes who believe that Westminster is a city of palaces, of magnificent squares, and regal terraces; that it is the chosen seat of opulence, grandeur and refinement; and that filth, squalor, and misery are the denizens of other and less favoured sections of the metropolis. The error is not in associating with Westminster much of the grandeur and splendour of the capital, but in entirely dissociating it in idea from the darker phases of metropolitan life. As the brightest lights cast the deepest shadows, so are the splendours and luxuries of the West-end found in juxta-position with the most deplorable manifestations of human wretchedness and depravity. There is no part of the metropolis which presents a more chequered aspect, both physical and moral, than Westminster.

 

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