"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens

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of his performances , but regrettably Charles Dickens had now sentimentalized her - The last half of Charles Dickens s contribution to the present number might almost have been written by the authors of the stories which make up the rest, and anything less flattering could scarcely be said - probably by James Fidzjames Stephen. Mr. Charles Dickens to the delights of hundreds of thousands is himself again in Mrs.

Lirriper s Lodgings. The public can have the satisfaction of renewing its old pleasure, and reading something new which Charles Dickens has scarcely, if ever, surpassed. Mr.

Lirriper is entitled to rank with Mrs. Nickleby and Mrs. Gamp.

And when Charles Dickens writes at his best, it is surprising how very unlike him are all his imitators, and how subtle and numerous are the touches by which he maintains his superiority. There are one or two faults in Mrs. Lirriper, as it seems to us especially her turn for verbal epigrams and little smartnesses of language, which appears inconsistent with the simple ungrammatical shrewdness and volubility of her utterances.

The general impression she produces is not that of a woman who would say of the opposition lodgings in her street that the bedrooms advertised night-porter is stuff . Nor would she be likely, we should have thought, to say to teeth, that they are nuisances from the tune we cut them to the tune they cut us. But if even this criticism is right - and we must acknowledge that the enormous observations of lodgings could alone have revealed to Mr.

Dickens so many secrets of the life led in them may have introduced him to epigamic landladies - this is very small blot in a great performance. There are only twelve pages of Mrs. Lirriper, and yet she is so drawn in that show space that we can scarcely believe that there really .

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