How I could have been so easily cast away at such an age.

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How I could have been so easily cast away at such an age” is a quotation from the letters from Charles Dickens to John Forster.

The quotation was published in Forster’s biography published soon after the death of Dickens.

 

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Dickens reflects on being sent to work in Warren’s Blacking Factory at the age of 12, to help pay off family debts, despite having higher ambitions.

 

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