The Gospel in Dickens
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August 27, 2010


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I read through the first hundred or so. Most of them expressed too mundane sentiments to be considered poetry, even if set in proper haiku form. A few got me thinking though.

#33 He still lives in his old house, where his beautiful wife was burnt to death. (An outline of a terrific novel in just one sentence.)

#51 But happily you do not know, and I am not going to tell you. (Pandora - and Eve- proved that it's impossible to be happy not knowing, but afterwards you may think differently.)

#80 Seriously, the date of your hospitable note disturbs my soul. (Dickens sounds like an early existentialist. Why would a "hospitable note" disturb his soul?)

I liked this one too, from "A Child's History of England": "Upon the whole it is not so bad a thing to be a commoner." Quintessential Dickens!

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