Humour

Quotations about Humour by Charles Dickens

This, you must know, is the growlery. When I am out of humour, I come and growl here.

Background. "This, you must know, is the growlery. When I am out of humour, I come and growl here." 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. Quotation said by the character John Jarndyce, talking to Esther. Mr. Jarndyce is guardian to Richard, Ada, and Esther, and owner of Bleak House. Jarndyce, frustrated [...]

2018-10-31T10:54:40+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , |

Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine.

Background. "Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine." is a quotation from The Old Curiosity Shop (Chapter 7). The Old Curiosity Shop was the fourth novel by Charles Dickens and follows the life of Nell Trent and her grandfather, both residents of The Old Curiosity Shop in London.   Context. Quotation said by the character Richard Swiveller. Richard 'Dick' Swiveller is Sampson Brass's clerk and a scheming lawyer. Laid-back and carefree, despite [...]

2018-10-12T14:11:23+00:00Categories: The Old Curiosity Shop|Tags: , |

While there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.

Background. "While there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 3). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. Taken from the following passage in Stave 3 (The Second Of The Three Spirits) of A Christmas Carol: It was a great surprise to Scrooge, while listening to [...]

2017-12-08T13:11:04+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: , |

For a man who had been out of practice for so many years it was a splendid laugh!

Background. "For a man who had been out of practice for so many years, it was a splendid laugh" is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 5). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. Quotation describing Ebenezer Scrooge towards the end of A Christmas Carol. After emerging from a night when he is visited by the spirits of his former business partner, Jacob [...]

2017-12-08T13:12:09+00:00Categories: A Christmas Carol|Tags: |
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