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There is a box of barristers on their right hand; there is an enclosure of insolvent debtors on their left; and there is an inclined plane of most especially dirty faces in their front.

Background. “There is a box of barristers on their right hand; there is an enclosure of insolvent debtors on their left; and there is an inclined plane of most especially dirty faces in their front.” is a quotation taken from The Pickwick Papers (Chapter 43). The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, more commonly now […]

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A double tier of bedroom galleries, with old clumsy balustrades, ran round two sides of the straggling area, and a double row of bells to correspond, sheltered from the weather by a little sloping roof, hung over the door leading to the bar and coffee-room.

Background. “A double tier of bedroom galleries, with old clumsy balustrades, ran round two sides of the straggling area, and a double row of bells to correspond, sheltered from the weather by a little sloping roof, hung over the door leading to the bar and coffee-room.” is a quotation taken from The Pickwick Papers (Chapter 10). […]

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Mr Jackson struck his forefinger several times against the left side of his nose, to intimate that he was not there to disclose the secrets of the prison house.

Background. “Mr Jackson struck his forefinger several times against the left side of his nose, to intimate that he was not there to disclose the secrets of the prison house.” is a quotation taken from The Pickwick Papers (Chapter 31). The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, more commonly now known as simply The Pickwick Papers […]

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A good uniform must work its way with the women, sooner or later.

Background. “A good uniform must work its way with the women, sooner or later.” is a quotation from The Pickwick Papers (Chapter 37). The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, more commonly now known as simply The Pickwick Papers was Charles Dickens‘s first novel, published between 1836 and 1837.   Have Your Say. Give your view on […]

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We still leave unblotted in the leaves of our statute book, for the reverence and admiration of successive ages, the just and wholesome law which declares that the sturdy felon shall be fed and clothed, and that the penniless debtor shall be left to die of starvation and nakedness. This is no fiction.

Background. “We still leave unblotted in the leaves of our statute book, for the reverence and admiration of successive ages, the just and wholesome law which declares that the sturdy felon shall be fed and clothed, and that the penniless debtor shall be left to die of starvation and nakedness. This is no fiction.” is […]

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These sequestered nooks are the public offices of the legal profession, where writs are issued, judgments signed, declarations filed, and numerous other ingenious machines put in motion for the torture and torment of His Majesty’s liege subjects, and the comfort and emolument of the practitioners of the law.

Background. “These sequestered nooks are the public offices of the legal profession, where writs are issued, judgments signed, declarations filed, and numerous other ingenious machines put in motion for the torture and torment of His Majesty’s liege subjects, and the comfort and emolument of the practitioners of the law.” is a quotation taken from The […]

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Lawyers hold that there are two kinds of particularly bad witnesses – a reluctant witness, and a too-willing witness.

Background. “Lawyers hold that there are two kinds of particularly bad witnesses – a reluctant witness, and a too-willing witness.” is a quotation taken from The Pickwick Papers (Chapter 34). The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, more commonly now known as simply The Pickwick Papers was Charles Dickens‘s first novel, published between 1836 and 1837.   […]

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