They preferred those about peasant life, because of the descriptions of scenery and the pleasanter sentiments, though in general they liked novels about people in society, whose motives and habits were more comprehensible, spoke severely of Dickens
, who "had never drawn a gentleman," and considered Thackeray less at home in the great world than Bulwer--who, however, was beginning to be thought old-fashioned.
But surely, sir, I heard the very dickens
of a row?
What the dickens
," said I to myself, "can a hut be doing here?
, Thackeray, they were hurried into the flames; Mr.
The intellectual experience of the people was mainly theological and political, as it was everywhere in that day, but there were several among them who had a real love for books, and when they met at the druggist's, as they did every night, to dispute of the inspiration of the Scriptures and the principles of the Free Soil party, the talk sometimes turned upon the respective merits of Dickens
and Thackeray, Gibbon and Macaulay, Wordsworth and Byron.
Elizabethan prose, all too chaotic in the beauty and force which overflowed into it from Elizabethan poetry, and incorrect with an incorrectness which leaves it scarcely legitimate prose at all: then, in reaction against that, the correctness of Dryden, and his followers through the eighteenth century, determining the standard of a prose in the proper sense, not inferior to the prose of the Augustan age in Latin, or of the "great age in France": and, again in reaction against this, the wild mixture of poetry and prose, in our wild nineteenth century, under the influence of such writers as Dickens
and Carlyle: such are the three periods into which the story of our prose literature divides itself.
Now that spring examinations were over she was treating herself to Dickens
It was written at Paris, when I had Charles Dickens
for a near neighbor and a daily companion, and when my leisure hours were joyously passed with many other friends, all associated with literature and art, of whom the admirable comedian, Regnier, is now the only survivor.
CHARLES DICKENS was a novelist who lived and wrote at the same time as Thackeray.
John Dickens, the father, was a clerk with a small salary in the Navy Pay Office, and his son Charles was born in 1812 at Portsea.
Things grew worse and worse however, and John Dickens, who was kind and careless, got into debt deeper and deeper.
But presently John Dickens got out of prison, Charles left the blacking factory, and once more went to school.
Well, my last crime was a Christmas crime, a cheery, cosy, English middle-class crime; a crime of Charles Dickens
It's very well for you to talk like that; it's very much like that gentleman in Dickens
who used to fling all difficult questions over his right shoulder.
That this state-room had been specially engaged for 'Charles Dickens
, Esquire, and Lady,' was rendered sufficiently clear even to my scared intellect by a very small manuscript, announcing the fact, which was pinned on a very flat quilt, covering a very thin mattress, spread like a surgical plaster on a most inaccessible shelf.