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Sketches by Boz

The civility which money will purchase, is rarely extended to those who have none.” is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Our Parish, Chapter 5 (The Broker’s Man).

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

 

 

Context.

Taken from the following passage in The Broker’s Man (Our Parish, Chapter 5) of Sketches by Boz:

‘But this is the bright side of the picture, sir, after all,’ resumed Mr. Bung, laying aside the knowing look and flash air, with which he had repeated the previous anecdote—‘and I’m sorry to say, it’s the side one sees very, very seldom, in comparison with the dark one. The civility which money will purchase, is rarely extended to those who have none; and there’s a consolation even in being able to patch up one difficulty, to make way for another, to which very poor people are strangers.

 

 

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