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Quotations from letters of Charles Dickens.

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They who are too ragged, wretched, filthy, and forlorn, to enter any other place: who could gain admission into no charity school, and who would be driven from any church door; are invited to come in here, and find some people not depraved, willing to teach them something, and show them some sympathy, and stretch a hand out, which is not the iron hand of Law, for their correction.

Background. “They who are too ragged, wretched, filthy, and forlorn, to enter any other place: who could gain admission into no charity school, and who would be driven from any church door; are invited to come in here, and find some people not depraved, willing to teach them something, and show them some sympathy, and […]

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

Background. “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.   Context. Dickens reflects on being sent to work in Warren’s Blacking Factory at the […]

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I have seen, habitually, some of the worst sources of general contamination and corruption in this country, and I think there are not many phases of London life that could surprise me.

Background. “I have seen, habitually, some of the worst sources of general contamination and corruption in this country, and I think there are not many phases of London life that could surprise me” is a quotation from a letter to The Times written by Charles Dickens (on the Manning execution at Horsemonger Lane Gaol), November […]

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I stand astounded and appalled by the wickedness it exhibits.

Background. “I stand astounded and appalled by the wickedness it exhibits” is a quotation taken from a letter to The Times written by Charles Dickens (on the Manning execution at Horsemonger Lane Gaol), November 1849.   Context. Charles Dickens attended an execution at Horsemonger Lane Gaol on the morning of Tuesday 13th November 1849, staying all night […]

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