"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens
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my wife, and maintained that she never cared for the children nor they for her. In more temperate letters, where he acknowledged her amiable and complying qualities, he simply and more acceptably asserted that their temperaments were utterly incomparable. She was, apparently, pleasant but rather limited such faults as she had were rather negative than positive.
Though family traditions from a household that knew the Dickenses well speaks of her as a whiney woman and a shaving little understanding of, or patience with, the artistic temperament. Dickens self-justifying letters lack candor in omitting to mention Ellen Ternan, an actress 27 years his junior his passion for whom had precipitated the separation. Two months earlier he had written more frankly to an intimate friend The domestic unhappiness remains so strong upon me that I can not write, and waking cannot rest, one minute.
I have never known a moments peace or content, since the last night of The Frozen Deep. The Frozen Deep was a play in which he and Nelly as Ellen was called had performed together in August 1857. She was an intelligent girl, of an old theatrical family reports speak of her as having a pretty face and well-developed figure - or passably pretty not much of an actress.
She left the stage in 1860 after Dickens death she married a clergyman and helped him run a school. The affair was hushed up until the 1930s, and evidence about it remains scanty, but every addition confirms that Dickens was deeply attached to her and that their relationship lasted until his death. It seems likely that she became his mistress, though probably not until the 1860s assertions that a child, or children, resulted remain unproved.
Similarly, suggestions that the anguish experienced by some of the lovers in the later novels may reflect Dickens own feelings remain speculative. It is tempting indeed, to associate Nelly with some of their heroines who are more spirited and complex, less of the legless angel, than most of their predecessors , especially as her given names,.Скачать