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Quotations about Prison by Charles Dickens

Little Dorrit.

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 taken 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 […]

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Little Dorrit.

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 […]

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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 taken from The Pickwick Papers (Chapter 31). The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, more commonly now known as simply The Pickwick Papers […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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I stand astounded and appalled by the wickedness it exhibits.

Background. “I stand astounded and appalled by the wickedness it exhibits” is a quotation taken 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 […]

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