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Quotations about Sanitation by Charles Dickens

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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 taken 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, […]

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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, […]

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No man can estimate the amount of mischief grown in dirt.

Background. “No man can estimate the amount of mischief grown in dirt” is a quotation from a speech by Charles Dickens. The speech, on sanitary reform, was at a dinner for the Metropolitan Sanitary Association given on the 10 May 1851 at Gore House, Kensington.   Context. Charles Dickens attended the event with his friend […]

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