Food

Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Food.

 

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 400 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 Food.


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It wasn’t the wine, it was the salmon.

Background. "It wasn't the wine, it was the salmon." is a quotation from The Pickwick Papers (Chapter 8). The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, more commonly now known as simply The Pickwick Papers was Charles Dickens's first novel, published between 1836 and 1837.   Context. Quotation said by the character Augustus Snodgrass. Taken from the following passage of Chapter 8 of The Pickwick Papers: Eleven—twelve—one o'clock had struck, and the gentlemen had not arrived. Consternation sat on every face. Could they [...]

2018-02-24T19:49:05+00:00 Categories: The Pickwick Papers|Tags: , |

It’s a wery remarkable circumstance, Sir, that poverty and oysters always seem to go together.

Background. "It’s a wery remarkable circumstance, Sir, that poverty and oysters always seem to go together." is a quotation from The Pickwick Papers (Chapter 22). The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, more commonly now known as simply The Pickwick Papers was Charles Dickens's first novel, published between 1836 and 1837.   Context. In this quotation, the character Sam Weller seems to have spotted a correlation between the number of oysters stalls in poorer areas. Taken from the following passages in [...]

2018-02-24T19:49:04+00:00 Categories: The Pickwick Papers|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+00:00 Categories: Nicholas Nickleby|Tags: , |

There’s more of gravy than of grave about you.

Background. "There's more of gravy than of grave about you." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. This quotation is said by Ebenezer Scrooge to the Ghost of Jacob Marley. Taken from the following passage in Stave 1 of A Christmas Carol: “You don’t believe in me,” observed the Ghost. “I don’t,” said Scrooge. “What evidence [...]

2018-05-15T19:24:58+00:00 Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

Please, sir, I want some more.

Background. "Please, sir, I want some more" is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 2). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.     Context. Image from the 1968 musical Oliver! in which Oliver Twist (played by Mark Lester) asks for more food. Taken from the following paragraph in Chapter 2: The evening arrived; the boys took their places. The master, in his cook’s uniform, stationed himself at the [...]

2018-02-21T20:30:57+00:00 Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: , , , |

The bowls never wanted washing.

Background. "The bowls never wanted washing." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 2). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. Taken from the following paragraph in Chapter 2 of Oliver Twist: The bowls never wanted washing. The boys polished them with their spoons till they shone again; and when they had performed this operation (which never took very long, the spoons being nearly as large as the bowls), [...]

2018-05-15T09:28:44+00:00 Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: , , |

Three meals of thin gruel a day, with an onion twice a week, and half a roll of Sundays.

Background. "Three meals of thin gruel a day, with an onion twice a week, and half a roll of Sundays." is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 2). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. Taken from the following paragraph in Chapter 2: The members of this board were very sage, deep, philosophical men; and when they came to turn their attention to the workhouse, they found out at [...]

2017-12-08T13:15:11+00:00 Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: , |

I lived principally on Dora and coffee.

Background. "I lived principally on Dora and coffee" is a quotation from David Copperfield (Chapter 28). David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published between 1849 and 1850.   Context. Taken from the following opening paragraph of Chapter 28 of David Copperfield: Until the day arrived on which I was to entertain my newly-found old friends, I lived principally on Dora and coffee. In my love-lorn condition, my appetite languished; and I was glad of it, for I [...]

2018-02-21T20:30:31+00:00 Categories: David Copperfield|Tags: , |

In particular, there was a butler in a blue coat and bright buttons, who gave quite a winey flavour to the table beer; he poured it out so superbly.

Background. "In particular, there was a butler in a blue coat and bright buttons, who gave quite a winey flavour to the table beer; he poured it out so superbly" is a quotation from Dombey and Son (Chapter 12). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens's seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.     Have Your Say. Give your view on "In particular, there was a butler in a blue coat and bright buttons, who gave quite a winey flavour [...]

2018-06-01T21:27:00+00:00 Categories: Dombey and Son|Tags: , |

Couldn’t something temporary be done with a teapot?

Background. "Couldn't something temporary be done with a teapot?" is a quotation from Dombey and Son (Chapter 2). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens's seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848.   Context. Quote said by John Chick. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 2 of Dombey and Son: Mr Chick invaded the grave silence which ensued on this remark with the singularly inappropriate air of 'A cobbler there was;' and checking himself, in some confusion, observed, that it was [...]

2018-06-01T21:21:00+00:00 Categories: Dombey and Son|Tags: |