"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens
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But in spite of all this he certainly ran two great popular periodicals - Household Words and All the Year Round - the enormous popular success. And he certainly so far succeeded in throwing himself into the communism of journalism, into the nameless brotherhood of a big paper, that many earnest Dickensians are still engaged in picking out pieces of Dickens from the anonymous pages of Household Words and All the Year Round, and those parts which have been already beyond the question picked out and proved are often fragmentary. The genuine writing of Dickens breaks off I fancy that we know it.
Frederic Kitton G Charles Dickens His Life, Writings and Personality, London, 1900. pp. 77-102 The singular thing that some of the best work that Dickens ever did, better than the works in his best novels can be found in these slight and composite scraps of journalism.
For instance, the solemn and self-satisfied account of the duty and dignity of a waiter given in the opening chapter of Somebodys Luggage is quite as full and fine as anything done anywhere by its author in the same vein of sumptuous satire. It is as good as the account which Mr. Bumble gives of out-door relief, which properly understood, is the parochial safeguard.
The great thing is to give the paupers what they dont want, and then they never come again. It is as good as Mr. Podsnaps description of the British Constitution, which was bestowed on him by Providence.
None of these celebrated passages in more obviously Dickens at his best than this, the admirable description of the true principles of waitering , or the accounts of how the waiters father came back to his mother in broad daylight, in itself an act of madness on the part of a waiter, and how he expired repeating continually two and six is three and four is nine. That waiters explanatory soliloquy might easily have opened an excellent novel, as Martin Chuzzlewit is opened by the clever nonsense about the genealogy of the Chuzzlewits or as Bleak House opened by a satiric account of the damp, dim life of a law court.Скачать