Background. "A tight-fisted hand at the grindstone." is a quotation from A Christmas Carol (Stave 1). A Christmas Carol is a novella, or short story, written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843. Illustration from the original publication of A Christmas Carol showing Ebenezer Scrooge (left), here being visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley. Context. The quote is from a paragraph describing Ebenezer Scrooge at the beginning of [...]
Background. "It’s a good damp, wormy sort of business." is a quotation from Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter 5). Martin Chuzzlewit is the sixth novel by Charles Dickens originally published between 1843 and 1844. Context. Tom Pinch is taking the horse and cart to Salisbury when he meets Mark Tapley along the road and offers him a lift. The two engage in conversation and Mark reveals he wants to leave his work at the Blue Dragon Inn. This quote is [...]
Background. "Many's the hard day's walking in rain and mud, and with never a penny earned. " is a quotation from The Old Curiosity Shop (Chapter 37). The Old Curiosity Shop was the fourth novel by Charles Dickens and follows the life of Nell Trent and her grandfather, both residents of The Old Curiosity Shop in London. Context. In this quotation, Dickens is referring to the plight of travelling showmen in first few decades of the Victorian Era. The livelihoods [...]
Swallowed up in one phase or other of its immensity, towards which they seemed impelled by a desperate fascination, they never returned.
Background. "Swallowed up in one phase or other of its immensity, towards which they seemed impelled by a desperate fascination, they never returned." is a quotation from the novel Dombey and Son (Chapter 33). Dombey and Son was Charles Dickens's seventh novel, published between 1846 and 1848. Context. Quotation taken from the passage: She often looked with compassion, at such a time, upon the stragglers who came wandering into London, by the great highway hard by, and who, footsore [...]
O let us love our occupations, Bless the squire and his relations, Live upon our daily rations, And always know our proper stations.
Background. "O let us love our occupations, Bless the squire and his relations, Live upon our daily rations, And always know our proper stations." is a quotation from The Chimes (Chapter 2, Second Quarter). The Chimes is a short story written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1844. Context. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 2 (Second Quarter) of The Chimes: ‘What man can do, I do,’ pursued Sir Joseph. ‘I do my duty as the [...]