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Delving Into Dickens Blog Party: Samples of his wit


Hi Everyone! I wanted, first off, to remind you to enter the Delving Into Dickens blog party! :) I only have one entry so far (Thanks a million times over, Abigail) and I'd really appreciate more entries! You don't have to do everything on the list down there, those are just ideas! :) So go on and dig in! You'd have my eternal gratitude! ;)
But anyhow, I thought I'd share with you some of my absolute favorite quotes from the Dickens books I've read. I've always greatly admired the talent some people have for describing a thing perfectly in a few words, where I would take a paragraph and still not have quite captured the idea.

From Bleak House:
Think! I’ve got enough to do, and little enough to get for it, without thinking."

"Everything that Mr Smallweed’s grandfather ever put away in his mind was a grub at first, and is a grub at last. In all his life he has never bred a single butterfly."


"We thought that, perhaps," said I, hesitating, "it is right to begin with the obligations of home, sir; and that, perhaps, while those are overlooked and neglected, no other duties can possibly be substituted for them."



From Little Dorrit:
"It is not easy to walk alone in the country without musing on something."

"She had gained a reputation for beauty, and (which is often another thing) was beautiful."
"He had a certain air of being a handsome man--which he was not; and a certain air of being a well-bred man--which he was not. It was mere swagger and challenge; but in this particular, as in many others, blustering assertion goes for proof, half over the world."

"In truth, no men on earth can cheer like Englishmen, who do so rally one another's blood and spirit when they cheer in earnest, that the stir is like the rush of their whole history, with all its standards waving at once, from Saxon A
lfred's downwards."

"Affery, like greater people, had always been right in her facts, and always wrong in the theories she deduced from them."



From The Pickwick Papers:
"She dotes on poetry, sir. She adores it; I may say that her whole soul and mind are wound up, and entwined with it. She has produced some delightful pieces, herself, sir. You may have met with her `Ode to an Expiring Frog,' sir." :D (Okay, so here I have to laugh at what could be a caricature of myself, though I've never written anything that odious! :)
"We know, Mr. Weller - we, who are men of the world - that a good uniform must work its way with the women, sooner or later."

"It is an old prerogative of kings to govern everything but their passions."
"He was bolder in the daylight--most men are."

There you go! :) I hope you enjoyed the quotes! Charles Dickens has a sense of humor that never fails to crack me up! It's rather dead-pan, but absolutely hilarious! :) ~Rachel

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