"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens
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Dickens waiter is dogmatist his motto is You can tell I will tell you. And the true old-fashioned English waiter had really this grave and even moral attitude he was the servant of the customers as the priest is the servant of the faithful, but scarcely in any less dignified sense. Surely it is not mere patriotic partially that makes one lament the disappearance of this careful and honorable figure crowded out by meaner men at meaner wages, by the German waiter who has learnt five languages in the course of running away from his own, or the Italian waiter who regards those he serves with a darkling contempt which must certainly be that either of a dynamiter or an exiled prince.
The human and hospitable English waiter is vanishing. Dickens might perhaps have saved him, as he saved Christmas. ?
hm? doрlu B Зarlz Dikkens, Kommunist, Bakэ, 1962, 7 fevral It is taken this case of waiter in Dickens and equally important counterpart in England as an example of the sincere and genial sketches scattered about these short stories. But there are many others, and one at least demands special mention this is Mrs.
Lirriper, the London landlady. Not only did Dickens never do anything better in a literary sense, but he never performed more perfectly his main moral function, that of insisting through laughter and flippancy upon the virtue of Christian charity. There has been much broad farce against the lodging-house keeper he alone could have written broad farce in her favor.
Ti is fashionable to represent the landlady as a tyrant it is too much forgotten that if she is one if the oppressors she is at least as much one of the oppressed. If she is bad-tempered it is often for the same reasons that make all women bad-tempered if she is .Скачать