We haven't had a group activity here in quite a while, but I think it's time. What with one thing and another, the world is having a pretty rough 2016. I thought maybe it would help everyone's morale a bit if we shared some of the Dickens quotes that inspire and uplift us.
I'll lead off with this:
"There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast." The Pickwick Papers
Popular website The Toast, just before it ended operations last month, ran this fantastic in-depth essay about Miss Havisham, including a look at her origins in real life, a character analysis, and a consideration of her similarities with Dickens himself. Don't miss it!
The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a partial mystery and therefore a perfect mystery. Those who have read mystery stories from Sherlock Holmes to Hercule Poirot will know that the solution is never as wonderful as the problem. As it stands, the story of Edwin Drood is half told, with six parts out of an intended twelve drafted. In some of the final words to fall from Dickens’ pen, Datchery the detective has his epiphany before famously falling to his breakfast with an appetite. The line he scores in chalk in the cupboard door beforehand is a boundary that the world may never cross into a tale that will never be told. This murder will never out. The clues will never be separated from the blinds. The mystery of Drood will remain inviolate and eternal, retaining that perfection of mystery, that sense of immortality.
The folks at The School of Life have made a charming and deeply insightful short film about how Dickens "set out to educate via entertaining," and how he managed "to make goodness attractive." (I think they're a bit hard on him as a father -- for all his failings, I don't think his children tended to consider him "detached" -- but otherwise I believe their account of his life is accurate.) It can be viewed here at Seeker.com.