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CHARLES DICKENS
English novelist
(1812 - 1870)
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O Mrs. Higden, Mrs. Higden, you was a woman and a mother, and a mangler in a million million.
      - Our Mutual Friend (ch. IX) [Character]

The dodgerest of all the dodgers.
      - Our Mutual Friend (ch. XIII) [Names]

Horatio looked handsomely miserable, like Hamlet slipping on a piece of orange-peel.
      - Sketches by Boz--Horatio Sparkins,
        (omitted in some editions) [Misery]

The kettle did it! Don't tell me what Mrs. Peerybingle said. I know better.
      - The Cricket on the Hearth
        [Books (First Lines)]

When I got up to the Peacock--where I found everybody drinking hot punch in self-preservation.
      - The Holly Tree Inn [Drinking]

As no lady or gentleman, with any claims to polite breeding, can possibly sympathise with the Chuzzlewit Family without being first assured of the extreme antiquity of the race, it is a great satisfaction to know that it undoubtedly descended in a direct line from Adam and Eve; and was, in the very earliest times, closely connected with the agricultural interest. If it should ever be urged by grudging and malicious persons, that a Chuzzlewit, in any period of the family history, displayed an overweening amount of family pride, surely the weakness will be considered not only pardonable but laudable, when the immense superiority of the house to the rest of mankind, in respect of this its ancient origin, is taken into account.
      - The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit
        [Books (First Lines)]

Some credit in being jolly.
      - The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit
         (ch. V) [Merriment]

With affection beaming in one eye and calculation shining out of the other.
      - The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit
         (ch. VIII) [Eyes]

A man who could build a church, as one may say, by squinting at a sheet of paper.
      - The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit
         (vol. II, ch. VI) [Architecture]

But in some old nook in Mrs. Todger's breast, up a great many steps, and in a corner easy to be overlooked, there was a secret door, with "Woman" written on the spring, which, at a touch from Mercy's hand, had flown wide open, and admitted her for shelter.
      - The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit
         (vol. II, ch. XII) [Women]

Nobody ought to have been able to resist her coaxing manner; and nobody had any business to try. Yet she never seemed to know it was her manner at all. That was the best of it.
      - The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit
         (vol. II, ch. XIV) [Manners]

There once lived in a sequestered part of the county of Devonshire, one Mr Godfrey Nickleby, a worthy gentleman, who taking it into his head rather late in life that he must get married, and not being young enough or rich enough to aspire to the hand of a lady of fortune, had wedded an old flame out of mere attachment, who in her turn had taken him for the same reason: thus two people who cannot afford to play cards for money, sometimes sit down to a quiet game for love.
      - The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
        [Books (First Lines)]

He has gone to the demnition bow-wows.
      - The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
         (ch. LXIV) [Fate]

A demd, damp, moist, unpleasant body!
      - The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
         (ch. XXXIV) [Character : Quality]

My life is one demd horrid grind.
      - The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
         (vol. II, ch. XXXII) [Life]

An ancient English Cathedral Tower? How can the ancient Cathedral Tower be here!
      - The Mystery of Edwin Drood
        [Books (First Lines)]

Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine.
      - The Old Curiosity Ship (ch. VII)
        [Friendship]

Although I am an old man, night is generally my time for walking.
      - The Old Curiosity Shop
        [Books (First Lines)]

What is the odds so long as the fire of souls is kindled at the taper of conwiviality, and the wing of friendship never moults a feather?
      - The Old Curiosity Shop (ch. II)
        [Friendship]

I never nursed a dear Gazelle to glad me with its soft black eye, but when it came to know me well, and love me, it was sure to marry a market-gardener.
      - The Old Curiosity Shop (ch. LVI)
        [Gazelles]

And now, as I close my task, subduing my desire to linger yet, these faces fade away. But one face, shining on me like a Heavenly light by which I see all other objects, is above them and beyond them all. And that remains. I turn my head, and see it, in its beautiful serenity, beside me. My lamp burns low, and I have written far into the night; but the dear presence, without which I were nothing, bears me company. O Agnes, O my soul, so may thy face be by me when I close my life indeed; so may I, when realities are melting from me, like the shadows which I now
  dismiss, still find thee near me, pointing upward!
      - The Personal History of David Copperfield
        [Books (Last Lines)]

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o'clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously. In consideration of the day and hour of my birth, it was declared by the nurse, and by some sage women in the neighbourhood who had taken a lively interest in me several months before there was any possibility of our becoming personally acquainted, first, that I was destined to be unlucky in life; and secondly, that I was privileged to see ghosts and spirits; both these gifts inevitably attaching, as they believed, to all unlucky infants of either gender, born towards the small hours on a Friday night.
      - The Personal History of David Copperfield
        [Books (First Lines)]

"Brooks of Sheffield": "'Somebody's sharp.' 'Who is?'" asked the gentleman, laughing. I looked up quickly, being curious to know. "Only Brooks of Sheffield," said Mr. Murdstone. I was glad to find it was only Brooks of Sheffield; for at first I really thought that it was I.
      - The Personal History of David Copperfield
         (ch. 2) [Names]

Circumstances beyond my individual control.
      - The Personal History of David Copperfield
         (ch. 20) [Circumstance]

Barkis is willin'!
      - The Personal History of David Copperfield
         (ch. I) [Proverbs : Will]


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