Background.

Sketches by Boz

Did you ever see a countenance so expressive of the most hopeless extreme of heavy dulness.” is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Scenes, Chapter 18 (A Parliamentary Sketch).

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

 

Context.

Description of “a splendid sample of a Member of the House of Commons“.

Taken from the following passage in A Parliamentary Sketch:

It is half-past twelve o’clock, and as the division is not expected for an hour or two, a few Members are lounging away the time here in preference to standing at the bar of the House, or sleeping in one of the side galleries.  That singularly awkward and ungainly-looking man, in the brownish-white hat, with the straggling black trousers which reach about half-way down the leg of his boots, who is leaning against the meat-screen, apparently deluding himself into the belief that he is thinking about something, is a splendid sample of a Member of the House of Commons concentrating in his own person the wisdom of a constituency.  Observe the wig, of a dark hue but indescribable colour, for if it be naturally brown, it has acquired a black tint by long service, and if it be naturally black, the same cause has imparted to it a tinge of rusty brown; and remark how very materially the great blinker-like spectacles assist the expression of that most intelligent face.  Seriously speaking, did you ever see a countenance so expressive of the most hopeless extreme of heavy dulness, or behold a form so strangely put together?  He is no great speaker: but when he does address the House, the effect is absolutely irresistible.

 

 

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