He uses a strong narrative voice that comments on the characters at the same time as telling their story. The narrator, though unnamed, has opinions about Scrooge and his tale. He also places himself and the reader at the heart of the action, by suggesting that he is 'standing in the spirit at the reader's elbow.
Obviously this article is not the most up to date source of information on Dickens. There has been a lot of scholarship on the author since then. However, the fact that this essay was written not long after Dickens' death means that the author was able to gather together quotes and views from Dickens' contemporaries.
It also offers a useful glimpse into how Dickens was regarded by those who knew him and during his own lifetime. No novelist has dealt so directly with the home life of the world asCharles Dickens. He has painted few historic pictures; he has dealtmostly in interiors,—beautiful bits of home life, full of domesticfeeling.
Indeed, we may say that his background is always the home, andhere he paints his portraits, often like those of Hogarth for strengthand grotesque effect.
Here, too, he limns the scenes of hiscomedy-tragedy, and depicts the changing fashions of the time. The coloris sometimes a little crude, laid on occasionally with too coarse abrush; but the effect is always lifelike, and our interest in it isnever known to flag.
Nowhere else in all the range of literature have we such tenderdescription of home life and love, such intuitive knowledge of childlife, such wonderful sympathy with every form of domestic wrong andsuffering, such delicate appreciation of the shyest and most unobtrusiveof social virtues; nowhere else such indignation at any neglect ordesecration of the home, as in Mrs.
Jellyby with her mission, in Mrs.
Pardiggle with her charities, Mr. Pecksniff with his hypocrisy, and Mr. Dombey with his unfeeling selfishness. In short, Dickens ispre-eminently the prophet and the poet of the home.
Charles Dickens Now, can it be possible that we must say of such a man as this, that inhis own life he was the opposite of all [Pg ] that which he so feelinglydescribes,—that he desecrated the very home he so apostrophizes,—thathe put all his warmth, geniality, and tenderness into his books and keptfor his own fireside his sour humors and unhappy moods,—that he was"ill to live with," as Mrs.
We cannot believe it in sobald a form, but we are forced to admit that his married life seems tohave been in every way unhappy and unfortunate. No one could state thismore strongly than Dickens himself, in the letter he wrote at the timeof the separation.
Dickens and I have lived unhappily for many years. Hardly anyone who has known us intimately can fail to have known that we arein all respects of character and temperament wonderfully unsuitedto each other.
I suppose that no two people, not vicious inthemselves, were ever joined together, who had greater difficultyin understanding one another, or who had less in common. Anattached woman-servant more friend to both of us than servant ,who lived with us sixteen years and had the closest familiarexperience of this unhappiness in London, in the country, inFrance, in Italy, wherever we have been, year after year, monthafter month, week after week, day after day, will bear testimony tothis.
Nothing has on many occasions stood between us and aseparation but Mrs. Dickens's sister, Georgina Hogarth. From theage of fifteen, she has devoted herself to our home and ourchildren.
She has been their playmate, nurse, instructress, friend,protectress, adviser, companion. In the manly consideration towardsMrs. Dickens, which I owe to my wife, I will only remark of herthat the peculiarity of her character has thrown all the childrenon some one else.
I do not know, I cannot by any stretch of fancyimagine, what would have become of them but for this aunt, who hasgrown up with them, to whom they are devoted, and who hassacrificed the best part of her youth and life to them. She hasremonstrated, reasoned, suffered, and toiled, and come again toprevent a separation between Mrs.
Dickens hasoften expressed to her her sense of her affectionate care anddevotion in the house,—never more strongly than within the lasttwelve months. But there is a greatmultitude who know me through my writings and who do not know meotherwise, and I cannot bear that one of them should be left indoubt or hazard of doubt through my poorly shrinking from takingthe unusual means to which I now resort of circulating the truth.
Imost solemnly declare then—and this I do both in my own name andmy wife's name—that all lately whispered rumors touching thetrouble at which I have glanced are abominably false; and thatwhosoever repeats one of them, after this denial, will lie aswilfully and as foully as it is possible for any false witness tolie before heaven and earth.
The reasons for the unhappy state of things were of a much morecomplicated nature than this. Only the most intimate of his friends everknew them in full, and of course they were debarred from making thempublic.
But Professor Ward of Cambridge University, who has written avery kind and appreciative Life of Dickens, and one which gives a farmore pleasing idea of his character than the bulky and egotistical Lifeby Forster, gives a [Pg ] clue to the whole trouble in the followingstatement.
Neither has it ever beenpretended that he strove in the direction of that resignation whichlove and duty made possible to David Copperfieldor even that heremained in every way master of himself, as many men have known howto remain, the story of whose wedded life and its disappointmentshas never been written in history or figured in fiction.
This beautiful girl died at their house atthe early age of seventeen. No sorrow seems ever to have touched theheart and possessed the imagination of Charles Dickens like that for theloss of this dearly loved girl. After her death he wrote: He is said to have pictured herin Little Nell, and he writes after finishing that book, "Dear Mary diedyesterday when I think of it.
Could he have married the woman he loved in this manner, he woulddoubtless have been one of the tenderest and most devoted of husbands,and a family life as beautiful as any of the ideal ones he has depictedwould have resulted.
|A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Search eText, Read Online, Study, Discuss.||Plot summary[ edit ] The story follows the life of David Copperfield from childhood to maturity.|
It is probable that he did not know Mary Hogarthuntil after his marriage, when she came to live in his house, and whenhis youthful fancy for his wife had begun to decline. Miss Hogarth diedinstantly of heart-disease, without even a premonitory warning.
All accounts agree in calling Mrs.Charles Dickens (Charles John Huffam Dickens) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, on February 7, Charles was the second of eight children to John Dickens (–), a clerk in the Navy Pay Office, and his wife Elizabeth Dickens (–).
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