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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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