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April 24, 2010


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One of my favorites is the description of London streets at the beginning of chapter 16.

Interesting note: Mr Tappertit fantasizes about taking Dolly to Gretna Green because after the Marriage Act of 1753 made runaway marriages illegal many couple stole just across the Scottish border to Gretna Green where the law did not apply.

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I saw that in the back of my Penguin Edition, as well. Isn't that what Wickham and Lydia planned to do in Pride and Prejudice?

The description of Mrs Varden at the beginning of Chapter 7. Here is the first sentence of Dickens portrait of the locksmith's wife: "Mrs. Varden was a lady of what is commonly called an uncertain temper--a phrase which being interpreted signifies a temper tolerably certain to make everybody more or less uncomfortable."

I wonder if the sentence at the beginning of chapter 19 is the longest sentence Dickens ever wrote. I'll bet it's even longer than "the best of times."

Also, Gabriel's advice to Dolly about fainting is priceless.

I really need to get back into reading this book. I kind of gave it up for David Copperfield...

That's the best one to give it up for. ;)

I like the initial description of Sim, and how he quelled all the ladies by "eyeing them over" (yeah right!), as well as the introduction of Barnaby. My favorite description passages are always when Dickens is describing people.

He is indeed completely side-splitting in some of his descriptions. That one of Mrs Varden is a perfect example. It's completely silly and yet completely sharp and zinging at the same time.

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