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The occasional appearance of the river in the drawing-room, and the contemporaneous disappearance of the lawn and shrubbery.

Background. “The occasional appearance of the river in the drawing-room, and the contemporaneous disappearance of the lawn and shrubbery.” is a quotation from the novel Dombey and Son (Chapter 24). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens’s seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.     Context. This quotation describes flooding of the Skettles’ villa at […]

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Swallowed up in one phase or other of its immensity, towards which they seemed impelled by a desperate fascination, they never returned.

Background. “Swallowed up in one phase or other of its immensity, towards which they seemed impelled by a desperate fascination, they never returned.” is  a quotation from the novel Dombey and Son (Chapter 33). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens’s seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.   Context. Quotation taken from the passage: She […]

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All the housemaid hopes is, happiness for ’em – but marriage is a lottery, and the more she thinks about it, the more she feels the independence and the safety of a single life.

Background. “all the housemaid hopes is, happiness for ’em – but marriage is a lottery, and the more she thinks about it, the more she feels the independence and the safety of a single life” is a quotation from the novel Dombey and Son (Chapter 35). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens’s seventh novel, published […]

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Dombey sat in the corner of the darkened room in the great arm-chair by the bedside, and Son lay tucked up warm in a little basket bedstead, carefully disposed on a low settee immediately in front of the fire and close to it, as if his constitution were analogous to that of a muffin, and it was essential to toast him brown while he was very new.

Background. “Dombey sat in the corner of the darkened room in the great arm-chair by the bedside, and Son lay tucked up warm in a little basket bedstead, carefully disposed on a low settee immediately in front of the fire and close to it, as if his constitution were analogous to that of a muffin, […]

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Time, consoler of affliction and softener of anger.

Background. “Time, consoler of affliction and softener of anger.” is a quotation from the novel Dombey and Son (Chapter 47). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens’s seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.     Have Your Say. Give your view on “Time, consoler of affliction and softener of anger.” with a rating and help us […]

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Couldn’t something temporary be done with a teapot?

Background. “Couldn’t something temporary be done with a teapot?” is a quotation from Dombey and Son (Chapter 2). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens’s seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.   Context. Quote said by John Chick. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 2 of Dombey and Son: Mr Chick invaded the grave silence […]

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It being a part of Mrs Pipchin’s system not to encourage a child’s mind to develop and expand itself like a young flower, but to open it by force like an oyster.

Background. “it being a part of Mrs Pipchin’s system not to encourage a child’s mind to develop and expand itself like a young flower, but to open it by force like an oyster” is a quotation from the novel Dombey and Son (Chapter 8). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens’s seventh novel, published between 1846 […]

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But what was a girl to Dombey and Son! In the capital of the House’s name and dignity, such a child was merely a piece of base coin that couldn’t be invested – a bad Boy – nothing more.

Background. “But what was a girl to Dombey and Son! In the capital of the House’s name and dignity, such a child was merely a piece of base coin that couldn’t be invested – a bad Boy – nothing more.” is a quotation from the novel Dombey and Son (Chapter 1). Dombey and Son was Charles […]

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