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April 21, 2016


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Why was he so averse to reading JE?

No idea. Harman doesn't tell us any more than what's in the passages I quoted. It would be interesting to know, though!

Charlotte Bronte mentions Captain Cuttle (Dombey and Son). It's odd that she and Mrs Gaskell apparently never discussed Dickens: maybe Mrs G suppressed details? The strongest evidence that Dickens failed to read Jane Eyre is that he was hopeless at representing women.

Dickens guessed that the author of George Eliot's books was a woman. Was there disdain in him?

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