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Sketches by Boz

How dreadful its rough heavy walls, and low massive doors, appeared to us – the latter looking as if they were made for the express purpose of letting people in, and never letting them out again.” is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Scenes , Chapter 24 (Criminal Courts).

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

 

Context.

Description of Newgate prison. Newgate featured a number of times in Charles Dickens novels.

 

 

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