Happy Birthday, Mr. Dickens!
Born on this date in 1812, Mr. Dickens has been delighting readers for over 150 years.
DIckens Novels I Have Yet to Enjoy: Hard Times, Dombey and Son, Bleak House, The Old Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit, Little Dorrit, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
Favorite Dickens Hero: Pip, Great Expectations
Favorite Dickens Villain(ess): Madame Defarge, Tale of Two Cities
Favorite Tragic Scene: Mr. Peggotty searching for Littel Em’ly (Is that a scene or an episode?)
Favorite Comic Character: Mr. Micawber, David Copperfield
Favorite Comic Scene: Miss Betsy Trotter chasing the donkeys out of her yard, David Copperfield
Best Dickens Novel I’ve Read: A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield is a close second.
Dickens-related posts at Semicolon:
Other DIckens-related links:
Mere Comments on Dickens’ Christianity.
An entire blog devoted to Mr. Dickens and his work: DIckensblog by Gina Dalfonzo.
And finally, here’s a re-post of my own Dickens Quiz. Can you match the quotation with the Dickens novel that it comes from?
1. “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.”
2. “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.”
3. “I would rather, I declare, have been a pig-faced lady, than be exposed to such a life as this!”
4. “It’s over and can’t be helped, and that’s one consolation as they always says in Turkey, ven they cuts the wrong man’s head off.”
5. “If the law supposes that,’ said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, “the law is a ass–a idiot. If that’s the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is, that his eye may be opened by experience–by experience.”
6. “I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to every-body! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!”
7. “We spent as much money as we could, and got as little for it as people could make up their minds to give us. We were always more or less miserable, and most of our acquaintance were in the same condition. There was a gay fiction among us that we were constantly enjoying ourselves, and a skeleton truth that we never did. To the best of my belief, our case was in the last aspect a rather common one.”
8. “It is a sensation not experienced by many mortals,” said he, “to be looking into a churchyard on a wild windy night, and to feel that I no more hold a place among the living than these dead do, and even to know that I lie buried somewhere else, as they lie buried here. Nothing uses me to it. A spirit that was once a man could hardly feel stranger or lonelier, going unrecognized among mankind, than I feel.”
(HINT: these come from the eight Dickens novels that I have read. Which is from which?)