Background.

Sketches by Boz

Matrimony is proverbially a serious undertaking.” is a quotation from Sketches by BozTales. Chapter 10 (A Passage in the life of Mr. Watkins Tottle).

Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.

Context.

Taken from the following opening passage of A Passage in the life of Mr. Watkins Tottle:

Matrimony is proverbially a serious undertaking.  Like an over-weening predilection for brandy-and-water, it is a misfortune into which a man easily falls, and from which he finds it remarkably difficult to extricate himself.  It is of no use telling a man who is timorous on these points, that it is but one plunge, and all is over.  They say the same thing at the Old Bailey, and the unfortunate victims derive as much comfort from the assurance in the one case as in the other.

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