Barnaby Rudge (Google eBook)

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Pollard & Moss, 1884
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User Review  - Paula - Goodreads

This was not my favorite Dickens novel. The eponomous character, Barnaby Rudge, was easy to sympathize with, but difficult to identify with. The female characters were among Dickens' most shallow ... Read full review

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User Review  - James - Goodreads

Barnaby Rudge is Charles Dickens' fifth novel and was his first historical work (A Tale of Two Cities to come later). It is maybe the least known and least successful of his books. Dickens originally ... Read full review

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Page 1 - Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else.
Page 20 - ... the piston of the steam-engine worked monotonously up and down, like the head of an elephant in a state of melancholy madness.
Page 77 - I know your heart, and am right sure and certain that 'tis far too merciful to let her die, or even so much as suffer, for want of aid. Thou knowest who said, 'Let him who is without sin among you, cast the first stone at her!
Page 4 - Bitzer," said Thomas Gradgrind. " Your definition of a horse." "Quadruped. Graminivorous. Forty teeth, namely twentyfour grinders, four eye-teeth, and twelve incisive. Sheds coat in the spring ; in marshy countries, sheds hoofs, too. Hoofs hard, but requiring to be shod with iron. Age known by marks in mouth.
Page 53 - ... M'Choakumchild said he would try me again. And he said, This schoolroom is an immense town, and in it there are a million of inhabitants, and only five-and-twenty are starved to death in the streets, in the course of a year. What is your remark on that proportion ? And my remark was for I couldn't think of a better one that I thought it must be just as hard upon those who were starved, whether the others were a million, or a million million. And that was wrong, too.
Page 7 - He and some one hundred and forty other schoolmasters, had been lately turned at the same time, in the same factory, on the same principles, like so many pianoforte legs. He had been put through an immense variety of paces, and had answered volumes of head-breaking questions. Orthography, etymology, syntax, and prosody, biography, astronomy, geography, and general cosmography, the sciences of compound proportion, algebra, land-surveying and levelling, vocal music, and drawing from models, were all...
Page 7 - ... upon your crockery. You never meet with quadrupeds going up and down walls; you must not have quadrupeds represented upon walls. You must use...
Page 2 - ... for the hard facts stored inside. The speaker's obstinate carriage, square coat, square legs, square shoulders nay, his very neckcloth, trained to take him by the throat with an unaccommodating grasp, like a stubborn fact, as it was all helped the empnasis. ' In this life, we want nothing but Facts, sir; nothing but Facts!
Page 20 - It was a town of red brick, or of brick that would have been red if the smoke and ashes had allowed it ; but as matters stood it was a town of unnatural red and black like the painted face of a savage.
Page 441 - ... There were men who rushed up to the fire, and paddled in it with their hands as if in water ; and others who were restrained by force from plunging in, to gratify their deadly longing. On the skull of one drunken lad not twenty, by his looks who lay upon the ground with a bottle to his mouth, the lead from the roof came streaming down in a shower of liquid fire, white hot ; melting his head like wax.

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