It's come to my attention that it's been quite some time (years, actually) since we did a one-word meme. The rules for these are simple: I give you a list of major characters from a Dickens novel; you commenters describe each character using only one word. Here's the first one we did, to give you an example.
So this time we're doing Great Expectations. Your list of characters is below. Go for it!
Pip: Estella: Miss Havisham: Joe: Magwitch: Herbert: Mr. Jaggers: Wemmick: Biddy: Mrs. Joe: Pumblechook: Orlick: Compeyson: Drummle:
The Dickens Museum has received a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund to buy the desk and chair where Dickens wrote his final three books, for permanent display at the museum. The Guardian,BBC News, and Fine Books & Collections have the story.
Because it's National Handwriting Day, I thought I'd share a couple of samples of Dickens's handwriting here! First up: the beginning of Great Expectations, demonstrating that even the greatest of the greats had frequent scratchouts and rewritings.
And here's a picture of Dickens's signature with its famous flourish. At the Dickens Fellowship Conference last summer, we had a whole session on that flourish, its meanings, and how it changed over the years.