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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Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Sanitation.
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 350 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 Sanitation.
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Background. “as much mud in the streets as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth” 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. […]
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, […]
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 […]