The Gospel in Dickens
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April 26, 2015


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I Suspect it's not a matter of intelligence or even literacy....I think the language and style has changed. People back then were used to a somewhat flowery narration style and had a different way of saying things...they expected to hear different sentences than we do. Also, listening and reading are totally different skills. Tone of voice, and body language play a big part in helping you understand what you are hearing, even if you aren't grammatically up to snuff and have a bad vocabulary. Said students would probably get a Shakespeare play if it was read to them but you lose that little cheat if you silent read it.

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