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July 31, 2010

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Reminds me faintly of Shylock's "If you prick us, do we not bleed?" speech.

You're right, it does sound like that! It also reminds me of Miss Mowcher in DC, even though the blind man is a villain and she isn't.

I have read that Dickens originally intended Miss Mowcher to be a villain and was only dissuaded from doing so when he received a protesting letter from Mrs. Seymour Hill - Miss Mowcher's real-life original in stature, though presumably not in moral character. Do a google search on "Mowcher villain" and you will find a number of online references to this incident. So your comparison of her to Stagg, the blind man in Barnaby Rudge, is more appropriate than you thought, Gina.

I'm glad he changed his mind. I love Miss Mowcher!

Yes, I am a great admirer of Miss Mowcher also. DC is my favorite Dickens novel and one of the things I admire most about it is that there would be no happy ending unless several characters spontaneously opt to do what is right, even against their own self-interest. Mr. Micawber upends Uriah's schemes and Miss Mowcher is the one who brings Littimer to justice. I would also include Mr. Mell in the same group. He is the only one to inflict even a small measure of retribution on Creakle for all his bullying of the boys at Salem House.

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