By R E Pritchard
Dickens's England was once a time of remarkable strength and alter which laid the principles of our personal sleek society. there has been a brand new global getting into being: new cities, new machines, new and progressive principles, new songs and dances, music-halls and renowned novels, in addition to new wealth for the arrogant center sessions. For others, even if, there has been poverty, fight and tough labour. Dickens's characters with whom we're so generic - orphan Oliver and crafty Fagin, snobbish Pip, spendthrift Mr Micawber, pompous Podsnap and humourless Gradgrind - develop out of his personal statement. the following, Dickens and his nice contemporaries - John Ruskin, Henry Mayhew, Charles Darwin, Thomas Hardy - take us into the center of what Elizabeth Barrett Browning referred to as 'this stay, throbbing age, that brawls, cheats, maddens, calculates, aspires'. this is often the appropriate ebook for a person eager to comprehend extra concerning the international of our nice novelist Charles Dickens
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The foreign gentleman was beginning, when Mr Podsnap put him right again. ‘We do not say Ozer; we say Other; the letters are “T” and “H”; you say Tay and Aish, You Know’ (still with clemency). ’ ‘And other countries,’ said the foreign gentleman. ’ ‘Undoubtedly,’ assented Mr Podsnap; ‘But So it is. It was the Charter of the Land. This Island was Blest, Sir, to the Direct Exclusion of such Other Countries as – as there may happen to be. ’ Having delivered this little summary, Mr Podsnap’s face flushed as he thought of the remote possibility of its being at all qualified by any prejudiced citizen of any other country; and, with his favourite right-arm flourish, he put the rest of Europe and the whole of Asia, Africa and America nowhere.
London is the epitome of our times, and the Rome of today. . England is tender-hearted. Rome was not. England is not so public in its bias; private life is its place of honour. Truth in private life, untruth in public, marks these home-loving men. Their political conduct is not decided by general views, but by internal intrigues and personal and family interest. They cannot readily see beyond England. . ‘English principles’ mean a primary regard to the interests of property. . In England, the strong classes check the weaker.
A territory large enough for independence, enriched with every seed of national power, so near that it can see the harvests of the continent, and so far that one who would cross the strait must be an expert mariner, ready for tempests. As America, Europe and Asia lie, these Britons have precisely the best commercial position in the whole planet, and are sure of a market for all the goods they can manufacture. . What we think of when we talk of English traits really narrows itself to a small district.