pervading the air we shared together

Catching up on a few passages that I wanted to record from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: Looking towards the open window, I saw light wreaths from Joe’s pipe floating there, and I fancied it was like a blessing from Joe,—not obtruded on me or paraded before me, but pervading the air we shared together.Continue reading “pervading the air we shared together”

to preserve a way of life that one knew and loved

Jacob Marley from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: “But you were always a good man of business, Jacob,” faltered Scrooge, who now began to apply this to himself. “Business!” cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, myContinue reading “to preserve a way of life that one knew and loved”

that trinity of eating, drinking and praying

Dickens had in his buffoonery and bravery the spirit of the Middle Ages. He was much more mediaeval in his attacks on medievalism than they were in their defences of it. It was he who had the things of Chaucer, the love of large jokes and long stories and brown ale and all the whiteContinue reading “that trinity of eating, drinking and praying”