"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens
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to joy throughout a whole novel as a beadle in Oliver Twist, or the undertaker in Martin Chuzzlewit. Every touch of him tingles with truth, from the vague gallantry with which he asks, Wouldst thou know, fair reader if of the adorable female sex to the official severity with which he takes the chambermaid down, as many pegs as is desirable for the future comfort to all parties. If Dickens has developed this character at full length in a book he would have preserved for ever in literature a type of great humour and great value, and a type which may only too soon be disappearing from English history.
He would have eternalized the English waiter. He still exists in some sounds old taverns and decent country inns, but there is no one left really capable of singing his praises. I know that Mr.
Bernard Shaw has done something of the sort in the delightfully whimsical account of William in You Never Can Tell. But nothing will persuade me that Mr. Bernard Shaw can really understand the English waiter.
He can never have ordered wine from his for instance. And though the English waiter is by the nature of things solemn about everything, he can never reach the true height and ecstasy of his solemnity except about wine. What the real English waiter would do or say if Mr.
Shaw asked him for a vegetarian meal it can not be predicted. We can guess that for the first time in his life he would laugh - a horrible sight. Dickens waiter is described by one who is not merely witty, truthful, and observant, like Mr.
Bernard Shaw, but one who really knew the atmosphere of inns, one who knew and even liked the smell of beef, and beer, and brandy. Hence there is richness in Dickens portrait which doesnt exist in Mr. Shaws.
Mr. Shaws waiter is an opportunist in politics. Dickens waiter is ready to stand up seriously for the true principle of waitering, just as Dickens was ready to stand up for the true principles pf Liberalism.
Shaws waiter is agnostic his motto is You never can tell.Скачать