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Quotations about London by Charles Dickens

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Who enters here leaves noise behind.

Background. “Who enters here leaves noise behind.” is a quotation from Barnaby Rudge (Chapter 15). Barnaby Rudge was the fifth novel from Charles Dickens, first published in 1841. It is the first of Dickens’s two historical novels and is largely set around the time of the Gordon Riots of 1780.   Context. This quote is a […]

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That particular part of Snow Hill where omnibus horses going eastward seriously think of falling down on purpose

Background. “That particular part of Snow Hill where omnibus horses going eastward seriously think of falling down on purpose.” is a quotation from Nicholas Nickleby (Chapter 4). The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, more commonly referred to as Nicholas Nickleby, is the third novel by Charles Dickens, originally serialised between 1838 and 1839.   […]

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The principal amusement is to drag young ladies up the steep hill … and then drag them down again, at the very top of their speed, greatly to the derangement of their curls and bonnet-caps, and much to the edification of lookers-on from below.

Background. “The principal amusement is to drag young ladies up the steep hill … and then drag them down again, at the very top of their speed, greatly to the derangement of their curls and bonnet-caps, and much to the edification of lookers-on from below.” is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Scenes, Chapter 12 […]

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A three days’ fever, which cools the blood for six months afterwards.

Background. “A three days’ fever, which cools the blood for six months afterwards.” is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Scenes, Chapter 12 (Greenwich Fair). Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.   Context. In this quote, Charles Dickens describes the atmosphere […]

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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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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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