Pollution

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

Background. "The whole metropolis was a heap of vapour charged with muffled sound of wheels, and enfolding a gigantic catarrh." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 3, Chapter 1). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1864 and 1865.   Context. Quotation describing the dirty polluted foggy atmosphere of industrial London. Taken from the following passage in Book 3, Chapter 1 of Our Mutual Friend: It was a foggy day in London, [...]

2018-09-16T11:43:09+00:00Categories: Our Mutual Friend|Tags: , , , |

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

Background. "Inanimate London was a sooty spectre, divided in purpose between being visible and invisible, and so being wholly neither." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 3, Chapter 1). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1865.   Context. Quotation describing the dirty polluted foggy atmosphere of industrial London. Taken from the following passage in Book 3, Chapter 1 of Our Mutual Friend: It was a foggy day in London, and the [...]

2018-09-14T14:51:27+00:00Categories: Our Mutual Friend|Tags: , , , |

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

Background. "Animate London, with smarting eyes and irritated lungs, was blinking, wheezing, and choking." is a quotation from Our Mutual Friend (Book 3, Chapter 1). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens's fourteenth and last completed novel, published between 1865.   Context. Quotation describing the dirty polluted foggy atmosphere of industrial London. Taken from the following passage in Book 3, Chapter 1 of Our Mutual Friend: It was a foggy day in London, and the fog was heavy and dark. Animate [...]

2018-09-14T14:53:12+00:00Categories: Our Mutual Friend|Tags: , , , |

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.

Background. "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." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 4). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.   Context. This quote is a description of the alleyways where the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come [...]

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

Background. "The innermost fortifications of that ugly citadel, where Nature was as strongly bricked out as killing airs and gases were bricked in." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 1, Chapter 10). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.   Context. This quotation is a description of the worst part of Coketown in Hard Times. Coketown was a fictional place, based on [...]

2018-08-03T14:35:08+00:00Categories: Hard Times|Tags: , , |

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

Background. "It was a town of red brick, or of brick that would have been red if the smoke and ashes had allowed it." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 1, Chapter 5). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.   Context. This quotation is a description of Coketown in Hard Times. Coketown was a fictional place, based on the industrial mill [...]

2018-07-30T21:00:50+00:00Categories: Hard Times|Tags: , , , |

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

Background. "Coketown lay shrouded in a haze of its own, which appeared impervious to the sun’s rays." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 2, Chapter 1). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.   Context. Taken from the following introductory passage in Chapter 1 of Book 2 of Hard Times, a smoggy filthy industrial town. A sunny midsummer day. There was such a [...]

2018-07-30T20:56:13+00:00Categories: Hard Times|Tags: , , , |

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

Background. "Through the heart of the town a deadly sewer ebbed and flowed, in the place of a fine fresh river." is a quotation from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 3). Little Dorrit was the eleventh novel from Charles Dickens, serialised between 1855 and 1857. A rags to riches story set in the 1820’s, Little Dorrit centres around the changing fortunes of the Dorrit family.   Context. Description of the squalid pollution of the River Thames in London at the [...]

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.

Background. "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." is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 1). 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.   Have Your Say. Give your view on "Fog [...]

2018-09-13T03:11:39+00:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: , , , , |