Prison

Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Prison.

 

Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) was one of the foremost writers from the Victorian era and remains a popular widely-read author today. During his lifetime he produced 15 novels, five novellas, and a large number of shorter stories and essays. He wrote from personal experiences and concerned himself with a number of contemporary social issues whilst supporting numerous charitable causes, giving assistance in time, money or personal effort. Our archive of over 450 Charles Dickens quotations are organised by both source material, i.e. the work or speech in which it originally appeared, and also grouped thematically. In this archive, we have collected quotations from Charles Dickens works on the theme of Prison.


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It is gone now, and the world is none the worse without it.

Background. "It is gone now, and the world is none the worse without it." is a quotation from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 6). 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 small debtors’ prison, the Marshalsea in Southwark, where John Dickens was imprisoned for debt in 1824. Charles [...]

2018-07-21T21:37:26+00:00Categories: Little Dorrit|Tags: , |

A prison taint was on everything there. The imprisoned air, the imprisoned light, the imprisoned damps, the imprisoned men, were all deteriorated by confinement.

Background. "A prison taint was on everything there. The imprisoned air, the imprisoned light, the imprisoned damps, the imprisoned men, were all deteriorated by confinement." is  a quotation taken from Little Dorrit (Book 1, Chapter 1). 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. Taken from the following passage in Book 1, Chapter 1 [...]

2018-05-08T08:22:07+00:00Categories: Little Dorrit|Tags: |

A gloomy prison, dark and filthy, and with a horrible smell of foul sleep in it.

Background. "A gloomy prison, dark and filthy, and with a horrible smell of foul sleep in it." is a quotation from A Tale of Two Cities (Book 3, Chapter 1). A Tale of Two Cities is the twelfth novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in weekly installments between April 1859 and November 1859. It is one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge). The plot centres on the years leading up to the French Revolution and [...]

2018-09-30T14:52:20+00:00Categories: A Tale of Two Cities|Tags: |

Mr Jackson struck his forefinger several times against the left side of his nose, to intimate that he was not there to disclose the secrets of the prison house.

Background. "Mr Jackson struck his forefinger several times against the left side of his nose, to intimate that he was not there to disclose the secrets of the prison house." is a quotation from The Pickwick Papers (Chapter 31). The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, more commonly now known as simply The Pickwick Papers was Charles Dickens's first novel, published between 1836 and 1837.   Context. Description of Mr. Jackson, a clerk at the office of the law firm Dodson [...]

2018-02-24T19:49:04+00:00Categories: The Pickwick Papers|Tags: , , |

How dreadful its rough heavy walls, and low massive doors, appeared to us – the latter looking as if they were made for the express purpose of letting people in, and never letting them out again.

Background. "How dreadful its rough heavy walls, and low massive doors, appeared to us - the latter looking as if they were made for the express purpose of letting people in, and never letting them out again." is a quotation from Sketches by Boz, Scenes , Chapter 24 (Criminal Courts). Sketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces written by Charles Dickens and published as a book in 1836.   Context. Description of Newgate prison. Newgate featured a number [...]

2018-08-16T11:16:33+00:00Categories: Sketches by Boz|Tags: , |

I have seen, habitually, some of the worst sources of general contamination and corruption in this country, and I think there are not many phases of London life that could surprise me.

Background. "I have seen, habitually, some of the worst sources of general contamination and corruption in this country, and I think there are not many phases of London life that could surprise me" is a quotation from a letter to The Times written by Charles Dickens (on the Manning execution at Horsemonger Lane Gaol), November 1849.   Context. Charles Dickens attended an execution at Horsemonger Lane Gaol on the morning of Tuesday 13th November 1849, staying all night to witness [...]

I stand astounded and appalled by the wickedness it exhibits.

Background. "I stand astounded and appalled by the wickedness it exhibits." is a quotation from a letter to The Times written by Charles Dickens (on the Manning execution at Horsemonger Lane Gaol), November 1849.   Context. Charles Dickens attended an execution at Horsemonger Lane Gaol on the morning of Tuesday, 13th November 1849, staying all night to witness the crowds gathering for the event. Maria and Frederick Manning were hanged on gallows erected on the flat roof of the prison’s gatehouse for [...]

2018-07-02T11:38:37+00:00Categories: Letters to Newspapers|Tags: , |