Posts Tagged ‘Bleak House’

Dickens December: Do not deny to Harold Skimpole what you concede to the butterflies

December 21, 2010


I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies.

(Charles Dickens. Bleak House.)

Dickens December: Never dared to open my heart

December 20, 2010

Photographed by Lena Granefelt, via lolitas.

My dear old doll! I was such a shy little thing that I seldom dared to open my lips, and never dared to open my heart, to anybody else.

(Charles Dickens. Bleak House..)

Word. So me.

Dickens December: Weather very stormy

December 18, 2010

Looks like we’re in for nasty weather in my neck of the woods.

Tuesday, 5th October 1852
Hotel des Bains, Boulogne.

Very stormy, and a prodigious sea running.

Just begun.

Remembrances to Mrs. Willis and you from my two ladies.

(Charles Dickens. Letter to William Henry Willis.)

Is it Bleak House for which Dickens was paid by the word? Or is that just an urban legend? — I mean, as “urban” a legend as it is possible for gossip about Charles Dickens to be termed.