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A town of machinery and tall chimneys, out of which interminable serpents of smoke trailed themselves for ever and ever, and never got uncoiled.

Charles Dickens Hard Times Quotations (Book 1, Chapter 5). A town of machinery and tall chimneys, out of which interminable serpents of smoke trailed themselves for ever and ever, and never got uncoiled.

The occasional appearance of the river in the drawing-room, and the contemporaneous disappearance of the lawn and shrubbery.

The occasional appearance of the river in the drawing-room, and the contemporaneous disappearance of the lawn and shrubbery.

It was a town of red brick, or of brick that would have been red if the smoke and ashes had allowed it.

Charles Dickens Hard Times Quotations (Book 1, Chapter 5). It was a town of red brick, or of brick that would have been red if the smoke and ashes had allowed it.

Coketown lay shrouded in a haze of its own, which appeared impervious to the sun’s rays.

Charles Dickens Hard Times Quotations (Book 2, Chapter 1). Coketown lay shrouded in a haze of its own, which appeared impervious to the sun’s rays.

The innermost fortifications of that ugly citadel, where Nature was as strongly bricked out as killing airs and gases were bricked in.

Charles Dickens Hard Times Quotations (Book 1, Chapter 10). The innermost fortifications of that ugly citadel, where Nature was as strongly bricked out as killing airs and gases were bricked in.

Inanimate London was a sooty spectre, divided in purpose between being visible and invisible, and so being wholly neither.

Inanimate London was a sooty spectre, divided in purpose between being visible and invisible, and so being wholly neither.

Animate London, with smarting eyes and irritated lungs, was blinking, wheezing, and choking.

Animate London, with smarting eyes and irritated lungs, was blinking, wheezing, and choking.

The whole metropolis was a heap of vapour charged with muffled sound of wheels, and enfolding a gigantic catarrh.

The whole metropolis was a heap of vapour charged with muffled sound of wheels, and enfolding a gigantic catarrh.

The sky was gloomy, and the shortest streets were choked up with a dingy mist, half thawed, half frozen, whose heavier particles descended in a shower of sooty atoms, as if all the chimneys in Great Britain had, by one consent, caught fire, and were blazing away to their dear hearts’ content.

Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol Quotations (Stave 3). The sky was gloomy, and the shortest streets were choked up with a dingy mist, half thawed, half frozen, whose heavier particles descended in a shower of sooty atoms, as if all the chimneys in Great Britain had, by one consent, caught fire, and were blazing away to their dear hearts’ content.

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The slighter branches cracked and rattled as they moved, in skeleton dances, to its moaning music.

The slighter branches cracked and rattled as they moved, in skeleton dances, to its moaning music.

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On the motionless branches of some trees, autumn berries hung like clusters of coral beads, as in those fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels.

On the motionless branches of some trees, autumn berries hung like clusters of coral beads, as in those fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels.

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Through the heart of the town a deadly sewer ebbed and flowed, in the place of a fine fresh river.

Through the heart of the town a deadly sewer ebbed and flowed, in the place of a fine fresh river.