Domestic Violence

She also had upon her face and arms the marks of ill usage. She had no kind of grace about her, but the grace of sympathy.

Background. "She also had upon her face and arms the marks of ill usage. She had no kind of grace about her, but the grace of sympathy." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 8). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.   Context. Observation by the character Esther Summerson, acting as narrator in this part of Bleak House. In Chapter 8  of Bleak [...]

2018-11-01T11:26:58+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: |

She covered her discoloured eye with her hand, as though she wished to separate any association with noise and violence and ill treatment from the poor little child.

Background. "She covered her discoloured eye with her hand, as though she wished to separate any association with noise and violence and ill treatment from the poor little child." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 8). Bleak House was the ninth novel by Charles Dickens, intended to illustrate the evils caused by long, drawn-out legal cases in the Court of Chancery.   Context. Observation by the character Esther Summerson, acting as narrator in this part of Bleak House. In Chapter [...]

2018-10-31T14:31:49+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: |

When he were overtook with drink, he hammered away at my mother, most onmerciful.

Background. "When he were overtook with drink, he hammered away at my mother, most onmerciful." is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 7). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context. This quote is said by Joe Gargery to Pip. describing his cruel and abusive father, who used to hit Joe and his mother with a hammer when drunk. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 7 of Great Expectations: I derived from [...]

2018-10-31T14:37:24+00:00Categories: Great Expectations|Tags: , |

Nancy, apparently fearful of irritating the housebreaker, sat with her eyes fixed upon the fire, as if she had been deaf to all that passed.

Background. "Nancy, apparently fearful of irritating the housebreaker, sat with her eyes fixed upon the fire, as if she had been deaf to all that passed." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 19). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. Nancy , a victim of domestic violence at the hands of her partner Bill Sikes, shows her fear of him in this quote. Taken from the following [...]

2018-10-31T14:38:44+00:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: |

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 [...]

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