Mr. Augustus Minns was a bachelor, of about forty as he said — of about eight-and-forty as his friends said.

Background.

Sketches by Boz

Mr. Augustus Minns was a bachelor, of about forty as he said — of about eight-and-forty as his friends said.” is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Tales, Chapter 2 (Mr. Minns and his Cousin).

Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.

 

Context.

These were the first lines of Charles Dickens first published work, originally titled A Dinner at Poplar Walk (published 1833), later published as Mr. Minns and his Cousin in Sketches by Boz.

 

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