Category Archives: Charles Dickens

damning with faint praise

    Consider … the most popular novelist in the English language–Charles Dickens. His characters are types, not people. With some honorable exceptions like Great Expectations and David Copperfield; his plots are unwieldy and ultimately uninvolving. He exposed alarming social … Continue reading

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a lover of humanity awash on a sea of words

  Charles Dickens, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, Chapter II Mr. Pickwick and his companions visit the towns Stroud, Rochester, Chatham, and Brompton: “The principal productions of these towns,” says Mr. Pickwick, “appear to be soldiers, sailors, Jews, … Continue reading

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the wrong word?

    “Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner.”   — Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas       I … Continue reading

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a Christmas thought (and wish)

    “I should be glad to hear … people’s estimate of the comparative danger of a ‘little learning’ and a vast amount of ignorance; I should be glad to know which is considered the most prolific parent of misery … Continue reading

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writers: walkers

    In a previous post of mine   “on walking (and exercise)” https://rogersgleanings.com/2017/09/26/on-walking-and-exercise/   I wrote that “walking, as is well known, is conducive to thinking and creativity, which is why so many writers and intellectuals have always been walkers.” … Continue reading

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the snow shovelers

    Our front doorbell just rang while I was busy on my computer. Somewhat annoyed, since it was the umpteenth time today (lots of Christmas deliveries), I trundled downstairs and answered the door. Saw no one on the doorstep. … Continue reading

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serendipity (or, should I say, the paranormal)

    It usually is the case that if two people don’t get along, they can’t have a successful working relationship. This applies to an instructor and a student. If the thing being taught is something technical, you would think … Continue reading

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