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Martin Chuzzlewitt
  • A lady who certainly could not be considered young—that was matter of fact; and probably could not be considered handsome—but that was matter of opinion” is a quotation from Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter 22).
  • Martin Chuzzlewit, is the sixth novel by Charles Dickens originally published between January 1843 and July 1844. The main theme of the novel revolves around the Chuzzlewit family, using satire to depict the selfishness of a number of characters.

Context.

Description of the character Mrs. Hominy upon meeting Martin Chuzzlewit in America.

Mrs. Hominy and Elijah Pogram. Illustration from a 1867 American edition of Martin Chuzzlewit.

 

Character Profile: Mrs. Hominy.

Mrs. Major Hominy is the American writer imposed on Martin Chuzzlewit whilst he is resting at the National Hotel, before embarking to his newly-purchased property at Eden.

Source.

Taken from the following passage in Chapter 22 (FROM WHICH IT WILL BE SEEN THAT MARTIN BECAME A LION OF HIS OWN ACCOUNT. TOGETHER WITH THE REASON WHY) of the novel Martin Chuzzlewit:

Martin felt, from pure fatigue, and heat, and worry, as if he could have fallen on the ground and willingly remained there, if they would but have had the mercy to leave him alone. But as letters and messages, threatening his public denouncement if he didn’t see the senders, poured in like hail; and as more visitors came while he took his coffee by himself; and as Mark, with all his vigilance, was unable to keep them from the door; he resolved to go to bed—not that he felt at all sure of bed being any protection, but that he might not leave a forlorn hope untried.

He had communicated this design to Mark, and was on the eve of escaping, when the door was thrown open in a great hurry, and an elderly gentleman entered; bringing with him a lady who certainly could not be considered young—that was matter of fact; and probably could not be considered handsome—but that was matter of opinion. She was very straight, very tall, and not at all flexible in face or figure. On her head she wore a great straw bonnet, with trimmings of the same, in which she looked as if she had been thatched by an unskillful labourer; and in her hand she held a most enormous fan.

‘Mr Chuzzlewit, I believe?’ said the gentleman.

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