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

Background. "The slighter branches cracked and rattled as they moved, in skeleton dances, to its moaning music." is a quotation from Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter 2). Martin Chuzzlewit, is the sixth novel by Charles Dickens originally published between 1843 and 1844.     Context. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 2 of the novel Martin Chuzzlewit: The sun went down beneath the long dark lines of hill and cloud which piled up in the west an airy city, wall heaped on wall, [...]

2017-12-08T13:02:46+00:00 Categories: Martin Chuzzlewit|Tags: |

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.

Background. "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." is a quotation from Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter 2). Martin Chuzzlewit, is the sixth novel by Charles Dickens originally published between 1843 and 1844.     Context. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 2 of the novel Martin Chuzzlewit: Even those tokens of the season which emphatically whispered of the coming winter, graced the landscape, and, [...]

2017-12-08T13:02:48+00:00 Categories: Martin Chuzzlewit|Tags: |

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

Background. "It was a town of red brick, or of brick that would have been red if the smoke and ashes had allowed it." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 1, Chapter 5). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.   Context. This quotation is a description of Coketown in Hard Times. Coketown was a fictional place, based on the industrial mill [...]

2018-07-16T09:48:33+00:00 Categories: Hard Times|Tags: , |

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

Background. "The occasional appearance of the river in the drawing-room, and the contemporaneous disappearance of the lawn and shrubbery." is a quotation from Dombey and Son (Chapter 24). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens's seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.     Context. This quotation describes flooding of the Skettles' villa at Fulham. Taken from the following opening passage of Chapter 24 of Dombey and Son: Sir Barnet and Lady Skettles, very good people, resided in a pretty villa at Fulham, [...]

2018-06-01T21:04:25+00:00 Categories: Dombey and Son|Tags: , |

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

Background. "Coketown lay shrouded in a haze of its own, which appeared impervious to the sun’s rays." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 2, Chapter 1). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.   Context. Taken from the following introductory passage in Chapter 1 of Book 2 of Hard Times, a smoggy filthy industrial town. A sunny midsummer day. There was such a [...]

2018-02-28T12:10:39+00:00 Categories: Hard Times|Tags: , |

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

Background. "Through the heart of the town a deadly sewer ebbed and flowed, in the place of a fine fresh river." is a quotation from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 3). Little Dorrit was the eleventh novel from Charles Dickens, serialised between 1855 and 1857. A rags to riches story set in the 1820’s, Little Dorrit centres around the changing fortunes of the Dorrit family.   Context. Description of the squalid pollution of the River Thames in London at the [...]