Sketches by Boz

Between 1833 and 1836, the Victorian writer Charles Dickens wrote a number of sketches which were originally published in various newspapers and other periodicals including The Morning Chronicle, The Evening Chronicle, The Monthly Magazine, The Carlton Chronicle and Bell’s Weekly Messenger. Many were published under the pen name of Boz, which Dickens adopted early on in his career as a writer and journalist. The popular sketches were reproduced in 1836 in a collected work, Sketches by Boz, which contained 56 sketches divided into four sections: Our Parish (7 sketches) Scenes (25 sketches), Characters (12 sketches) and Tales (12 sketches). The material in the first three sections consists of portraits of London life and the last section comprised fictional stories.

Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

Background. "Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Characters, Chapter 2 (A Christmas Dinner). 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 passage in A Christmas Dinner: Look on the merry faces of your children (if you have any) as they sit [...]

2018-11-12T17:26:20+00:00Categories: A Christmas Dinner, Sketches by Boz|Tags: |

At a political dinner, everybody is disagreeable, and inclined to speechify.

Background. "At a political dinner, everybody is disagreeable, and inclined to speechify." is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Scenes, Chapter 19 (Public Dinners). 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 the sketch Public Dinners: All public dinners in London, from the Lord Mayor’s annual banquet at Guildhall, to the Chimney-sweepers’ anniversary at White Conduit House; from the [...]

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When the young curate was popular, and all the unmarried ladies in the parish took a serious turn, the charity children all at once became objects of peculiar and especial interest.

Background. "When the young curate was popular, and all the unmarried ladies in the parish took a serious turn, the charity children all at once became objects of peculiar and especial interest." is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Our Parish, Chapter 6 (The Ladies’ Societies). 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 passage in The Ladies’ Societies: We should be [...]

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A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a little patronage is more so.

Background. "A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a little patronage is more so." is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Our Parish, Chapter 6 (The Ladies’ Societies). 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 passage in The Ladies’ Societies: A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a little patronage is more so; the three Miss Browns appointed all [...]

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The crowd were on the tiptoe of expectation.

Background. "The crowd were on the tiptoe of expectation." is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Characters, Chapter 12 (The Prisoners’ Van). Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.   Context. A crowd, gathered outside London's Bow Street Magistrates Court, eagerly await prisoners disembarking from a van that has brought them to be charged at the Court. Taken from the following passage in The Prisoners’ Van: The [...]

Somehow, we never can resist joining a crowd.

Background. "Somehow, we never can resist joining a crowd." is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Characters, Chapter 6 (The Hospital Patient). Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.   Context. George Cruickshank illustrated the sketch The Hospital Patient with this drawing of a pickpocket being carted off to the Police Station. After watching a pickpocket being transported to the Police Station, Dickens and company [...]

The girl started up, with an energy quite preternatural; the fire gleamed in her heavy eyes, and the blood rushed to her pale and sunken cheeks.

Background. "The girl started up, with an energy quite preternatural; the fire gleamed in her heavy eyes, and the blood rushed to her pale and sunken cheeks." is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Characters, Chapter 6 (The Hospital Patient). Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.   Context. A victim of domestic violence, who is laying dying in a hospital bed, is startled when confronted by [...]

I did it myself—it was nobody’s fault—it was an accident.

Background. "I did it myself—it was nobody’s fault—it was an accident." is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Characters, Chapter 6 (The Hospital Patient). Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.   Context. A victim of domestic violence, who is laying dying in a hospital bed, claims her injuries were caused by herself when confronted by the perpetrator in front of a Magistrate. Taken from the following [...]

If there be one thing in existence more miserable than another, it most unquestionably is the being compelled to rise by candlelight.

Background. "If there be one thing in existence more miserable than another, it most unquestionably is the being compelled to rise by candlelight." is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Scenes, Chapter 15 (Early Coaches). Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.   Context. Charles Dickens describes that feeling of not wanting to get up before dawn. Taken from the following passage in Early Coaches: If there [...]

2018-08-20T18:10:23+00:00Categories: Early Coaches, Sketches by Boz|Tags: |
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