"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens
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no such person, and that a fortnight ago no one had ever heard of her. She is one of those creations which show how genius is separated from mere clever analysis. She stands by us like living character, and not, as ever in the works of Charles Dickens is so common, as a peg on which funny drolleries and references to some physical peculiarities is hung.
She is quite the lodging-keeper fills her house as well as she can hates Mrs. Wozenham, her rival, with a true professional hatred and yet she has a goodness, and overflow of humor and sense, and benevolence quite her own. The abundance of by-remarks that proceed from her is inexhaustible and although, by the characteristic oddity of expression they are tolerably well connected with her, they are often instances of the drollest and happiest fancies that have come from Charles Dickens.
What, for example, can be more far-fetched and yet more true that Mrs. Lirriper s view of photographs, as wanting in mellowness as a general rule and making you look like a new-ploughed field or the description a boy with a parcel, as a most impartment young sparrow of a monkey whistling with dirty shoes on the clean steps and playing the harp on the airy railings with a hoop stick , or her confession, as to Norfolk Street, strand, that of a summer evening when the dust and waste paper lie in it, and stray children play in it, and a kind of gritty calm and bake in it, and a peal of church bell practicing in the neighborhood, it is truffle dull . At the same time, it must be owned that any single detached oddity, however happy can not give any idea of successful whole.
For in those of Charles Dickens s works which, in comparison with Martin Chuzzlewit or David Copperfield , are utter failures, there were never wanting some scattered happiness .Скачать