Amusements

The ‘plant’ is successful, the bet is made, the stranger of course loses.

Background. "The ‘plant’ is successful, the bet is made, the stranger of course loses." is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Scenes, Chapter 12 (Greenwich Fair). Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.   Context. In this quote, Charles Dickens describes the atmosphere of the biannual Greenwich Fair. Taken from the opening paragraph of the sketch Greenwich Fair: Pedestrians linger in groups at the roadside, unable to [...]

2018-05-09T21:07:57+00:00 Categories: Greenwich Fair, Sketches by Boz|Tags: , |

The principal amusement is to drag young ladies up the steep hill … and then drag them down again, at the very top of their speed, greatly to the derangement of their curls and bonnet-caps, and much to the edification of lookers-on from below.

Background. "The principal amusement is to drag young ladies up the steep hill … and then drag them down again, at the very top of their speed, greatly to the derangement of their curls and bonnet-caps, and much to the edification of lookers-on from below." is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Scenes, Chapter 12 (Greenwich Fair). Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.   Young [...]

2018-07-14T09:46:06+00:00 Categories: Greenwich Fair, Sketches by Boz|Tags: , |

A three days’ fever, which cools the blood for six months afterwards.

Background. "A three days’ fever, which cools the blood for six months afterwards." is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Scenes, Chapter 12 (Greenwich Fair). Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.   Context. In this quote, Charles Dickens describes the atmosphere of the biannual Greenwich Fair. Taken from the opening paragraph of the sketch Greenwich Fair: If the Parks be ‘the lungs of London,’ we wonder what [...]

2018-05-09T20:58:37+00:00 Categories: Greenwich Fair, Sketches by Boz|Tags: , |

Astley’s has altered for the better – we have changed for the worse.

Background. "Astley’s has altered for the better - we have changed for the worse" is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Scenes, Chapter 11 (Astley's). Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.   Context. The sketch describes a visit to Astley's Circus, just south of Westminster Bridge. Charles Dickens wrote about Astley's at least three times in his works including a chapter in Sketches by Boz, (Scenes, [...]

2017-12-08T13:33:44+00:00 Categories: Sketches by Boz|Tags: |