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September 01, 2009


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I suspect you already know this, but Dickens got really mad at Phiz during the illustrating of this book, because Phiz drew the first picture of Paul and Mrs. Pipchin not as Dickens envisioned it - and it was a sore spot because it was based on Dickens' childhood. ;)

Actually, I didn't know! :-)

I surmise that you are now reading "Dombey and Son." Isn't it just an exquisite novel? One of my very favorite Dickens too. And ain't Cap'n Edd'rd Cuttle just the best? Enjoy the reading, Gina! Cheers! Chris

Just skimming -- I finally found a bookstore that had a copy. Rediscovering a Dickens novel is just as much fun as discovering it! :-)

I have not yet read "Dombey and Son," but this little passage is an example of Dickens' unparalleled ability to make incredible language associations. Who but Dickens could possibly have thought to associate heartache with the absence of an upholsterer? And do it so plausibly? Wow. Can't wait to read this book.

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