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Quotations about London by Charles Dickens

oliver_twist

The ground was covered, nearly ankle-deep, with filth and mire; a thick steam, perpetually rising from the reeking bodies of the cattle, and mingling with the fog, which seemed to rest upon the chimney-tops, hung heavily above.

Background. “The ground was covered, nearly ankle-deep, with filth and mire; a thick steam, perpetually rising from the reeking bodies of the cattle, and mingling with the fog, which seemed to rest upon the chimney-tops, hung heavily above” is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 21). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the […]

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oliver_twist

Every repulsive lineament of poverty, every loathsome indication of filth, rot, and garbage; all these ornament the banks of Folly Ditch.

Background. “Every repulsive lineament of poverty, every loathsome indication of filth, rot, and garbage; all these ornament the banks of Folly Ditch” is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 50). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. This quotation is a description of […]

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little_dorrit

He was passing at nightfall along the Strand, and the lamp-lighter was going on before him, under whose hand the street-lamps, blurred by the foggy air, burst out one after another, like so many blazing sunflowers coming into full-blow all at once.

Background. “He was passing at nightfall along the Strand, and the lamp-lighter was going on before him, under whose hand the street-lamps, blurred by the foggy air, burst out one after another, like so many blazing sunflowers coming into full-blow all at once” is a quotation from Little Dorrit (Book 2, Chapter 9). Little Dorrit was […]

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He stooped a good deal, and plodded along in a slow pre-occupied manner, which made the bustling London thoroughfares no very safe resort for him.

Background. “He stooped a good deal, and plodded along in a slow pre-occupied manner, which made the bustling London thoroughfares no very safe resort for him” is a quotation taken from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 8). Little Dorrit was the eleventh novel from Charles Dickens, serialised between 1855 and 1857. A rags to riches […]

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great_expectations

While I was scared by the immensity of London, I think I might have had some faint doubts whether it was not rather ugly, crooked, narrow, and dirty.

Background. “While I was scared by the immensity of London, I think I might have had some faint doubts whether it was not rather ugly, crooked, narrow, and dirty.” is a quotation from Great Expectations (Chapter 20). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Have Your Say. Give […]

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great_expectations

I came into Smithfield; and the shameful place, being all asmear with filth and fat and blood and foam, seemed to stick to me.

Background. “I came into Smithfield; and the shameful place, being all asmear with filth and fat and blood and foam, seemed to stick to me” is a quotation taken from Great Expectations (Chapter 20). Great Expectations is Charles Dickens‘s thirteenth novel first published between 1860 and 1861.   Context.  In this quotation, Charles Dickens is […]

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