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Quotations about London by Charles Dickens

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The road to Greenwich during the whole of Easter Monday, is in a state of perpetual bustle and noise.

Background. “The road to Greenwich during the whole of Easter Monday, is in a state of perpetual bustle and noise.” 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 […]

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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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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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