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January 14, 2015


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Dickens' soul as an artist, if you ask me, included a healthy dose of pure humorist. in his story-telling he clearly enjoyed meandering and in his meandering, happening upon little scenes that have really nothing to do with advancing the plot or with the overall story, but are a pure delight to the reader to take in and visualize and imagine. This is one of the reasons that Dickens cannot be fully appreciating if all one is interested in doing is reading "the story". to fully appreciate Dickens one needs to slowly digest each chapter and linger upon the seemingly irrelevant but o so delightful "throw-away" stuff. Bleak House is filled with such delightful stuff. i could list 1000 examples of it in Bleak House, or in any of Dickens' masterpieces.

I agree with David. Having just read Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Jane Eyre and Tale of Two Cities, in that respective order, the "throw-away" tangents filled with explicit detail and conviction are overwhelmingly present in the Dickens' novels. Jane Eyre was placed almost too perfectly in that lineup because Bronte just doesn't include these Dickens like asides. I was explaining Dickens to a friend the other day and I said something along the lines of "he goes off on these insanely detailed asides that wind up having nothing to do with the plot, it's awesome."

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