"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens
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from his works, and it is significant that, when trying to justify their enterprise as certain to succeed, he referred to that particular relation which subsists between me and public. The remark suggests how much Dickens valued the public affection, not only as a stimulus to his creativity and a condition for his commercial success but also as a substitute for the love he could not find at home. He had been toying with the idea of turning paid reader since 1853, when he began giving occasional readings in aid of charity.
The paid series began in April 1858, the immediate impulse being to find some energetic distraction from his marital unhappiness. But the readings drew on more permanent elements in him and his art his remarkable histrionic talents, his love of theatricals and of seeing and delighting an audience, and the eminently performable nature of his fiction. Moreover, he could earn more by reading than by writing, and more certainly it was easier to force him to repeat a performance than create a book.
Tired and ailing though he was, he remained inventive and adventurous in his final novels. A Tale of Two Cities 1859 was an experiment, relying less than before on characterization, dialogue and humour. It was well for him, at any rate, that the people raised in France.
It was well for him, at any rate, that the guillotine was set up in the Place de la Concorde. Unconsciously, but not accidentally, Dickens was here working out the whole true comparison between swift revolutionism in Paris and slow evolutionism in London. Sidney Carton is one of those sublime ascetics whose head offends them, and who cut it off.
For him at least it was better that the blood should flow in Paris than that the wine should flow any longer in .Скачать