I did it myself—it was nobody’s fault—it was an accident.

Background.

Sketches by Boz

I did it myself—it was nobody’s fault—it was an accident.” is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Characters, Chapter 6 (The Hospital Patient).

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

 

Context.

A victim of domestic violence, who is laying dying in a hospital bed, claims her injuries were caused by herself when confronted by the perpetrator in front of a Magistrate.

Taken from the following passage in The Hospital Patient:

‘Take off his hat,’ said the magistrate. The officer did as he was desired, and the man’s features were disclosed.

The girl started up, with an energy quite preternatural; the fire gleamed in her heavy eyes, and the blood rushed to her pale and sunken cheeks. It was a convulsive effort. She fell back upon her pillow, and covering her scarred and bruised face with her hands, burst into tears. The man cast an anxious look towards her, but otherwise appeared wholly unmoved. After a brief pause the nature of the errand was explained, and the oath tendered.

‘Oh, no, gentlemen,’ said the girl, raising herself once more, and folding her hands together; ‘no, gentlemen, for God’s sake! I did it myself—it was nobody’s fault—it was an accident. He didn’t hurt me; he wouldn’t for all the world. Jack, dear Jack, you know you wouldn’t!’

 

 

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2018-10-31T14:38:31+00:00Categories: Sketches by Boz, The Hospital Patient|Tags: |

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