Crime

Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Crime.

 

Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) was one of the foremost writers from the Victorian era and remains a popular widely-read author today. During his lifetime he produced 15 novels, five novellas, and a large number of shorter stories and essays. He wrote from personal experiences and concerned himself with a number of contemporary social issues whilst supporting numerous charitable causes, giving assistance in time, money or personal effort. Our archive of over 450 Charles Dickens quotations are organised by both source material, i.e. the work or speech in which it originally appeared, and also grouped thematically. In this archive, we have collected quotations from Charles Dickens works on the theme of Crime.


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They took up several obviously wrong people, and they ran their heads very hard against wrong ideas, and persisted in trying to fit the circumstances to the ideas, instead of trying to extract ideas from the circumstances.

Background. "They took up several obviously wrong people, and they ran their heads very hard against wrong ideas, and persisted in trying to fit the circumstances to the ideas, instead of trying to extract ideas from the circumstances." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 16). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. This quote is a criticism of the professionalism of the Bow Street Runners, the first professional police force in [...]

2018-11-05T08:23:08+00:00Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , |

The magistrates shivered under a single bite of his finger. Thieves and thief-takers hung in dread rapture on his words, and shrank when a hair of his eyebrows turned in their direction.

Background. "The magistrates shivered under a single bite of his finger. Thieves and thief-takers hung in dread rapture on his words, and shrank when a hair of his eyebrows turned in their direction." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 24). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. This quote describes the lawyer Jaggers., a man who instilled fear in both members of the judiciary and criminals alike. Quotation taken from the [...]

2018-10-11T08:31:41+00:00Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , , |

In jail and out of jail, in jail and out of jail, in jail and out of jail.

Background. "In jail and out of jail, in jail and out of jail, in jail and out of jail." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 42). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Quotation said by the character Abel Magwitch. The convict Abel Magwitch describes a short summary of his life to Pip. Taken from the following passage at the beginning of Chapter 42 of Great Expectations: “Dear boy and Pip’s [...]

2018-11-11T08:12:22+00:00Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: |

He washed his clients off, as if he were a surgeon or a dentist.

Background. "He washed his clients off, as if he were a surgeon or a dentist." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 26). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. This quote describes an observation of the lawyer Jaggers by Pip about his constant need to wash his hands. The washing is symbolic of Jaggers washing off the deeds of his clients, or possibly his guilt at helping them. Dickens refers to [...]

2018-07-30T16:37:22+00:00Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , , , |

Don’t commit yourself, and don’t commit any one. You understand—any one. Don’t tell me anything: I don’t want to know anything; I am not curious.

Background. "Don't commit yourself, and don't commit any one. You understand—any one. Don't tell me anything: I don't want to know anything; I am not curious." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 40). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.     Context. Quotation said by the lawyer Mr. Jaggers to Pip, who has inferred that his benefactor is Abel Magwitch has returned to England. Jaggers, a successful and careful lawyer, doesn't want [...]

2018-07-30T16:29:21+00:00Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , , |

I was sent for life. It’s death to come back.

Background. "I was sent for life. It's death to come back." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 39). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. Quotation said by the character Abel Magwitch. The convict Abel Magwitch returns to England after being transported to Australia for his crimes. Magwitch is not supposed to return to the country and in this quote explains to Pip that he was sent there for life, and [...]

2018-07-30T08:56:45+00:00Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , |

Drinking-tents were full, glasses began to clink in carriages, hampers to be unpacked, tempting provisions to be set forth, knives and forks to rattle, champagne corks to fly, eyes to brighten that were not dull before, and pickpockets to count their gains during the last heat

Background. "Drinking-tents were full, glasses began to clink in carriages, hampers to be unpacked, tempting provisions to be set forth, knives and forks to rattle, champagne corks to fly, eyes to brighten that were not dull before, and pickpockets to count their gains during the last heat." is a quotation from Nicholas Nickleby (Chapter 50). The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, more commonly referred to as Nicholas Nickleby, is the third novel by Charles Dickens, originally serialised between

2018-02-23T19:49:06+00:00Categories: Nicholas Nickleby|Tags: , |

A very notorious metropolitan police office.

Background. "A very notorious metropolitan police office." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 11). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "A very notorious metropolitan police office." with a rating and help us compile the very best Charles Dickens quotations.   Related. If you like this, we think you might also be interested in these related quotations: [...]

2017-12-08T13:15:03+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: , |

It was a ghastly figure to look upon. The murderer staggering backward to the wall, and shutting out the sight with his hand, seized a heavy club and struck her down.

Background. "It was a ghastly figure to look upon. The murderer staggering backward to the wall, and shutting out the sight with his hand, seized a heavy club and struck her down." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 47). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. Illustration of the murder of Nancy by Bill Sikes. Taken from an 1885 version of Oliver Twist, illustrated by the [...]

2018-02-21T20:45:03+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: , , |
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