Pollution

A town of machinery and tall chimneys, out of which interminable serpents of smoke trailed themselves for ever and ever, and never got uncoiled.

Charles Dickens Hard Times Quotations (Book 1, Chapter 5). A town of machinery and tall chimneys, out of which interminable serpents of smoke trailed themselves for ever and ever, and never got uncoiled.

It was a town of red brick, or of brick that would have been red if the smoke and ashes had allowed it.

Charles Dickens Hard Times Quotations (Book 1, Chapter 5). It was a town of red brick, or of brick that would have been red if the smoke and ashes had allowed it.

Coketown lay shrouded in a haze of its own, which appeared impervious to the sun’s rays.

Charles Dickens Hard Times Quotations (Book 2, Chapter 1). Coketown lay shrouded in a haze of its own, which appeared impervious to the sun’s rays.

The innermost fortifications of that ugly citadel, where Nature was as strongly bricked out as killing airs and gases were bricked in.

Charles Dickens Hard Times Quotations (Book 1, Chapter 10). The innermost fortifications of that ugly citadel, where Nature was as strongly bricked out as killing airs and gases were bricked in.

Inanimate London was a sooty spectre, divided in purpose between being visible and invisible, and so being wholly neither.

Inanimate London was a sooty spectre, divided in purpose between being visible and invisible, and so being wholly neither.

Animate London, with smarting eyes and irritated lungs, was blinking, wheezing, and choking.

Animate London, with smarting eyes and irritated lungs, was blinking, wheezing, and choking.

Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city.

Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city.

The whole metropolis was a heap of vapour charged with muffled sound of wheels, and enfolding a gigantic catarrh.

The whole metropolis was a heap of vapour charged with muffled sound of wheels, and enfolding a gigantic catarrh.

Through the heart of the town a deadly sewer ebbed and flowed, in the place of a fine fresh river.

Through the heart of the town a deadly sewer ebbed and flowed, in the place of a fine fresh river.

Alleys and archways, like so many cesspools, disgorged their offences of smell, and dirt, and life, upon the straggling streets; and the whole quarter reeked with crime, with filth, and misery.

Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol Quotations (Stave 4). Alleys and archways, like so many cesspools, disgorged their offences of smell, and dirt, and life, upon the straggling streets; and the whole quarter reeked with crime, with filth, and misery.