The Old Curiosity Shop

Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine.

Background. "Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine." is a quotation from The Old Curiosity Shop (Chapter 7). The Old Curiosity Shop was the fourth novel by Charles Dickens and follows the life of Nell Trent and her grandfather, both residents of The Old Curiosity Shop in London.   Context. Quotation said by the character Richard Swiveller. Taken from the following opening passage of Chapter 7 of  The Old Curiosity Shop: Fred,’ [...]

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Many’s the hard day’s walking in rain and mud, and with never a penny earned.

Background. "Many's the hard day's walking in rain and mud, and with never a penny earned. " is a quotation from The Old Curiosity Shop (Chapter 37). The Old Curiosity Shop was the fourth novel by Charles Dickens and follows the life of Nell Trent and her grandfather, both residents of The Old Curiosity Shop in London.   Context. In this quotation, Dickens is referring to the plight of travelling showmen in first few decades of the Victorian Era. The livelihoods [...]

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She’s the ornament of her sex.

Background. "She's the ornament of her sex" is a quotation from The Old Curiosity Shop (Chapter 4). The Old Curiosity Shop was the fourth novel by Charles Dickens and follows the life of Nell Trent and her grandfather, both residents of The Old Curiosity Shop in London.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "She's the ornament of her sex" with a rating and help us compile the very best Charles Dickens quotations.   Related. If you like [...]

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The very dogs were all asleep, and the flies, drunk with moist sugar in the grocer’s shop, forgot their wings and briskness, and baked to death in dusty corners of the window.

Background. "The very dogs were all asleep, and the flies, drunk with moist sugar in the grocer’s shop, forgot their wings and briskness, and baked to death in dusty corners of the window. " is a quotation from The Old Curiosity Shop (Chapter 28). The Old Curiosity Shop was the fourth novel by Charles Dickens and follows the life of Nell Trent and her grandfather, both residents of The Old Curiosity Shop in London.   Have Your Say. Give your view [...]

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Why is it that we can better bear to part in spirit than in body, and while we have the fortitude to act farewell have not the nerve to say it?

Background. "Why is it that we can better bear to part in spirit than in body, and while we have the fortitude to act farewell have not the nerve to say it?" is a quotation from The Old Curiosity Shop (Chapter 15). The Old Curiosity Shop was the fourth novel by Charles Dickens and follows the life of Nell Trent and her grandfather, both residents of The Old Curiosity Shop in London.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "Why [...]

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Here were poor streets where faded gentility essayed with scanty space and shipwrecked means to make its last feeble stand, but tax-gatherer and creditor came there as elsewhere, and the poverty that yet faintly struggled was hardly less squalid and manifest than that which had long ago submitted and given up the game.

Background. "Here were poor streets where faded gentility essayed with scanty space and shipwrecked means to make its last feeble stand, but tax-gatherer and creditor came there as elsewhere, and the poverty that yet faintly struggled was hardly less squalid and manifest than that which had long ago submitted and given up the game" is a quotation from The Old Curiosity Shop (Chapter 15). The Old Curiosity Shop was the fourth novel by Charles Dickens and follows the life of Nell [...]

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She was dead. No sleep so beautiful and calm, so free from trace of pain, so fair to look upon.

Background. "She was dead. No sleep so beautiful and calm, so free from trace of pain, so fair to look upon" is a quotation from The Old Curiosity Shop (Chapter 71). The Old Curiosity Shop was the fourth novel by Charles Dickens and follows the life of Nell Trent and her grandfather, both residents of The Old Curiosity Shop in London.   Context. This quotation describes the death of Nell Trent. At the time of publication, many readers were said [...]

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Under an accumulation of staggerers, no man can be considered a free agent. No man knocks himself down; if his destiny knocks him down, his destiny must pick him up again.

Background. "Under an accumulation of staggerers, no man can be considered a free agent. No man knocks himself down; if his destiny knocks him down, his destiny must pick him up again" is a quotation from The Old Curiosity Shop (Chapter 34). The Old Curiosity Shop was the fourth novel by Charles Dickens and follows the life of Nell Trent and her grandfather, both residents of The Old Curiosity Shop in London.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "Under [...]

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If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.

Background. "If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers." is a quotation from The Old Curiosity Shop (Chapter 56). The Old Curiosity Shop was the fourth novel by Charles Dickens and follows the life of Nell Trent and her grandfather, both residents of The Old Curiosity Shop in London.   Context. Quotation by the corrupt solicitor Sampson Brass. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 56 of The Old Curiosity Shop: Mr Brass and his lovely companion [...]

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