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 [...]
No varnish can hide the grain of the wood; and that the more varnish you put on, the more the grain will express itself.
Background. "No varnish can hide the grain of the wood; and that the more varnish you put on, the more the grain will express itself." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 22). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861. Context. In Chapter 22 of Great Expectations, Pip and Herbert Pocket have dinner during which Herbert gives his account of the life of Miss Havisham as told to him by his father. When [...]