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Quotations about Poverty by Charles Dickens

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This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want.

Background. “This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want.” is a quotation taken from A Christmas Carol (Stave 3). 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 said by The Ghost of Christmas Present to Ebenezer Scrooge. […]

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Please, sir, I want some more.

Background. “Please, sir, I want some more” is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 2). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.   Context. Taken from the following paragraph in Chapter 2: The evening arrived; the boys took their places. The master, in his cook’s uniform, […]

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He was badged and ticketed, and fell into his place at once – a parish child – the orphan of a workhouse – the humble, half-starved drudge – to be cuffed and buffeted through the world – despised by all, and pitied by none.

Background. “He was badged and ticketed, and fell into his place at once – a parish child – the orphan of a workhouse – the humble, half-starved drudge – to be cuffed and buffeted through the world – despised by all, and pitied by none” is a quotation from Oliver Twist (Chapter 1). Oliver Twist, […]

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Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse.

Background. “Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse” is a quotation taken from Oliver Twist (Chapter 1). Oliver […]

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The bowls never wanted washing.

Background. “The bowls never wanted washing.” is a quotation taken from Oliver Twist (Chapter 2). Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1837.     Context. Taken from the following paragraph in Chapter 2 of Oliver Twist: The bowls never wanted washing. The boys polished them with […]

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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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Jo lives—that is to say, Jo has not yet died.

Background. “Jo lives—that is to say, Jo has not yet died” is a quotation from Bleak House (Chapter 16). 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.   Context.  Description of the poor street urchin, Jo, who lives […]

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