"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens
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of this sot, and it might be possible to pick a sparkling sentence or two even out the vast waste of Little Dorrit . Things become amusing, when said by Mrs. Lirriper or Mrs.
Gamp, which would scarcely raise a smile if they came from one of the sharm funny people who in themselves are mere blanks. How true to nature, even to their most trivial details, almost every character and every incident in the works of the great novelist whose dust has just been laid to rest, really were, is best known those whose tastes or whose duties led them to frequent the paths of life from which Charles Dickens delighted to draw. But none, except medical men can judge of the rare fidelity with which he followed the great Mother through the devious paths of disease and death.
In reading Oliver Twist , Dombey and Son , or Chimes , or even No Thoroughfare the physician often felt temped to say, What a gain it would have been devoted his powers to the medical art! It must be forgotten that his description of hectic in Oliver Twist has found its way into more than one standard work, in both medium and surgery that he anticipated the clinical researches of Mr. Dax, Broca, and Hughlings Jackson, on the connection of right hemiplegia with aphasia and that his descriptions of epilepsy in Walter Wilding and of moral and mental insanity in characters too memorous, to mention, show the hand of a master.
It is feeble praise to add that he was always just, and generally generous, to our profession. Even his descriptions of our Bob Sawyers and their less reputable friends always wanted the quarseness, and, let us add, the unreality, of Albert Smiths so that we ourselves could well afford to laugh with the man who sometimes laughed at us, but laughed only as one who loved us. One of the later efforts of his pen was to advance the interests of the East London Hospital for children and his sympathies were never absent from the sick and suffering of every age.
А. А. Аникст и В.
В. Ивашев - Чарльз Диккенс Собрание сочинений в 30-ти томах. Т.
12 Москва, 1959. стр. 81-89 .Скачать