"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens
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David Copperfield Why is it, as with poor David, a sense come always crushing on me, now, when I fall into low spirits, as of one happiness I have missed in life and one friend and companion I have never made? Уилсон Энгус - Мир Чарльза Диккенса, Москва, 1975. стр.
48-52 This comes from the correspondence with Forster in 1854-55, which contains the first admissions of his marital unhappiness by 1856 he is writing, I find a skeleton in my domestic closet is becoming a pretty big one by 1857-58, as Forster remarks, an unsettled feeling had become almost habitual with him, and the satisfactions which home should have supplied, and which indeed were essential requirements of his nature, he had failed to find in his home. From May 1858, Catherine Dickens lived apart from him. A painful scandal arose, and Dickens did not act at this time with tact, patience, or consideration.
The affair disrupted some of his friendships and narrowed his social circle, but surprisingly it seems not to have damaged his popularity with the public. Catherine Dickens maintained a dignified silence, and most of Dickens family and friends, including his official biographer, Forster, were discreetly reticent about the separation. Not until 1939 did one of his children Kate speaking posthumously through conversations recorded by a friend, offer a candid inside account, it was discreditable to him, and his self-justifying letters must be viewed with caution.
He there dated the unhappiness of his marriage back to 1838, attributed to his wife various peculiarities of temperament including her sometimes laboring under a mental disorder , emphatically agreed with her statement that she felt herself unfit for the life she had to lead as .Скачать