By R E Pritchard
Dickens's England used to be a time of remarkable strength and alter which laid the rules of our personal glossy society. there has been a brand new global getting into being: new cities, new machines, new and innovative principles, new songs and dances, music-halls and well known novels, in addition to new wealth for the boastful heart periods. For others, notwithstanding, there has been poverty, fight and tough labour. Dickens's characters with whom we're so known - orphan Oliver and crafty Fagin, snobbish Pip, spendthrift Mr Micawber, pompous Podsnap and humourless Gradgrind - develop out of his personal remark. right here, Dickens and his nice contemporaries - John Ruskin, Henry Mayhew, Charles Darwin, Thomas Hardy - take us into the guts of what Elizabeth Barrett Browning referred to as 'this reside, throbbing age, that brawls, cheats, maddens, calculates, aspires'. this can be the correct e-book for a person desirous to comprehend extra concerning the global of our nice novelist Charles Dickens
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Some of the ‘fences’ board, lodge and clothe two or three boys or girls, and send them out regularly to thieve, the fence usually taking all the proceeds, and if it be the young thief has been successful, he is rewarded with a trifle of pocket-money, and is allowed plenty of beer and tobacco. . In some of these establishments, men and women, boys and girls – but perhaps in no case, or in very rare cases, unless they are themselves consenting parties – herd together promiscuously. . Boys have boastfully carried on loud conversations, and from distant parts of the room, of their triumphs over the virtue of girls, and girls have laughed at and encouraged the recital.
In some of these lodging-houses, the proprietor – or, I am told, it might be more correct to say, the proprietress, as there are more women than men engaged in the nefarious trade carried on in these houses – are ‘fences’, or receivers of stolen goods in a small way. Their ‘fencing’, unless as the very exception, does not extend to any plate, or jewellery, or articles of value, but is chiefly confined to provisions, and most of all to those which are of ready sale to the lodgers. Of very ready sale are ‘fish got from the gate’ (stolen from Billingsgate); ‘sawney’ (thieved bacon), and ‘flesh found in Leadenhall’ (butcher’s meat stolen from that market).
What we think of when we talk of English traits really narrows itself to a small district. It excludes Ireland and Scotland and Wales, and reduces itself at last to London, that is, to those who come and go thither. The portraits that hang on the walls in the Academy exhibition at London, the figures in Punch’s drawings of the public men or of the club-houses, the prints in the shop-windows, are distinctive English, and not American, no, nor Scotch, nor Irish; but ’tis a very restricted nationality.