Giles Goodland

Dickens Read-Throughs


The Insides of David Copperfield

It was beautifully clean inside, and as tidy as possible. There was a table, and / I pictured to myself what the insides of the houses were like, and / to take up somebody else, they put me inside where there were no passengers / after to-morrow, to-morrow, to day, to-night-when I was inside the Yarmouth mail, and going home / I had many a broken sleep inside the Yarmouth mail, and many an incoherent dream / writing up, inside the tilt of the cart, 'Clara Peggotty' / two feeble candles burning inside to show what they were, I fancied / the congregation were inside, and the sound of singing came out into the sun-shine / to learn from him that little Em'ly was inside. I naturally inquired why he was not / was, of course, inside; but what I underwent in my efforts to be / inside, smoking his pipe by the parlor-door, I entered, and asked / prismatic colours on the inside, I conclude that Mr. Barkis had some general ideas / the t'other was inside. He's the man.' 'For the Lord's love', said Mr / it must have been turned completely inside out, and upside down / (which I had shut), and to hear voices inside. We looked at one another / before a little glass he had, hanging inside a closet door. 'I am sorry to say / and wrote inside, 'From a true friend', like the first. But the first / seemed to meet inside; keeping his sidelong glance upon me all / all the way to Putney, Agnes being inside the stage-coach, and I outside / and fainted when she found herself inside the iron bars.

The Narratives of Little Dorrit

Sun shone on Marseilles and on the opening of this narrative, a debtor with whom this narrative has some concern / this narrative, a debtor with whom this narrative has some concern. He was, at that time, a / prelude, Mr. Meagles went through the narrative; the established narrative, which has become / the established narrative, which has become tiresome; the matter of course narrative / has become tiresome; the matter of course narrative which we all know by heart. How / this present narrative descries any trace of her recovery. In the vagueness / the family skeleton for the over-awing of the College, this narrative cannot precisely state / as a fact which is part of the narrative, and not as supposing it to have influenced your / sensations from the painfullest parts of the narrative, and particularly to be quite charmed / Flora's permission. Receiving an encouraging answer, she condensed the narrative of her life into a few / hands with him throughout the narrative, was reminded by this to say, in an amazement / on which it would be extremely low, in the present narrative, to bestow an English name, but / echoed it. "Wishing to-ha-make the narrative coherent and consecutive to him," said Mr. Dorrit / to patch up a narrative how that Bob-many a year dead then, gentle turnkey-had / pursued his narrative at his ease. "In fine, then, I name it.

The Times of A Tale of Two Cities

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age
of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age
that the horses had three times already come to a stop
several times, to take off his hat to scratch his head
a hundred times the dozing passenger inquired of this spectre
at those times when the tide made, and was near flood
now, for instance, what nine times ninepence are, or how many
times, before he put it clumsily into the lock, and turned
his shoulder. After looking doubtfully at it, two or three times
he formed this speech with his lips many times before he could
come, once again. Never? Yes. How many times
How many times? Two or three times. Not five or six? Perhaps
even a hundred times better than he had thought them
had thought them, and the prisoner a hundred times worse
two or three times, the matter in hand became so knotty, that
was very strong at such times, and, as they sat side by
was, and four times as offensive. "Now, let me recommend
in your mind, at some quiet times, as ardent and sincere in this one
at all times a remarkable attraction for
a crowd in those times stopped at nothing, and was a monster much
sold a very thin wine at the best of times, but it
looked at her, speculating thousands of times upon the unborn child
in with her work, several times during the day; at those times
at those times, they quietly spoke of Lucie, and of her father
of such indifferent reputation, coming and going at odd times
if I should avail myself of it four times in a year
to the echoing footsteps of years. At first, there were times
to the actual tread of Sydney Carton. Some half-dozen times
in her ears, of the many times her father had told her
could be) than single, and of the many times her husband had
in these times, as the mender of roads worked, solitary, in the dust
times, as he raised his eyes from his lonely labour and
hear what he did? Don't ask, why, in these times
he had watched the times for a time of action, and that they had shifted
his glory; but, the changed times were fraught with other obstacles
on the highway twenty times in a stage, but retarded his progress
twenty times in a day, by riding after him and taking him
as the times held together, no man had taken fright at them, and
she has the power to protect at such times, to the end that
at other times she was alone; but, she never missed a single
say at those times, and would briskly fall to his sawing
once in five or six times: it might be twice or thrice running: it might be
many times. Don't be frightened! Not one of them would harm
times, and would be to-morrow, if cause given, a floppin'
times. A little woodsawyer, having closed his shop, was smoking
in those times of terror-he stopped at a chemist's shop
at noon, to feed-if he could find food-he sobbed twelve times, once for
I know not at what times I may be watched. She had in part suspected
to the times when all these things shall be answered for
yes, I have observed his daughter, more times than
countless times. Neither were they connected with fear: he was conscious.


The Eggs in Martin Chuzzlewit

From the kitchen a smoking dish of ham and eggs, and, setting the same before her father
had finished, 'even cream, sugar, tea, toast, ham,- ''And eggs,'
ham,-''And eggs,' suggested Charity in a low voice. 'And eggs,' said
while his dish of eggs and bacon, and his mug of beer, were not by
more reason in this too, than in the roasting of eggs
his chin was as smooth as a new-laid egg or a scraped Dutch cheese
after they had bought some eggs, and flour, and such small matters
for the flour, then for the pieboard, then for the eggs, then for the butter
there were speckled eggs in mossy baskets; white country sausages
half-a-dozen eggs were poaching in the frying-pan
and our's was made with flour and eggs.' 'Oh good gracious!' cried Tom. 'Our's was made with flour.
good gracious!' cried Tom. 'Our's was made with flour and eggs, was it?
Ha, ha, ha! A beefsteak pudding made with flour and eggs! Why
to exclaim with unabated good humour, 'flour and eggs! a beefsteak pudding made with flour and eggs!' until John
made with flour and eggs!' until John Westlock and his sister fairly ran away
p'raps somebody would like to try a new-laid egg or two, not biled too hard
mind and appetite upon the toast and butter, tea and eggs.


The Volumes of Martin Chuzzlewit

Mr. Pecksniff glanced at the volume she held, and whispered
all those rows on rows of volumes, neatly ranged within-what happiness
by open books, and was glancing from volume to volume
to volume, with a black-lead pencil in his mouth, and a pair
of the precious volumes from the shelf beside his bed
a second volume no less capacious might be devoted to
an odd volume of the 'Bachelor of Salamanca', in the French
of volumes: these still in bales: those wrapped in paper, as they
these goblin volumes home at night (always bringing it back again.

The Structure of Dorrit

It was as if that weather-beaten structure were another Ark, and floated away upon the shadowy
sky: so glowing on the buildings, and so lightening their structure, that it made them
near relatives; and when cementing the proud structure of a family edifice; these are usually auspicious
the Bank was broken, the other model structures of straw had taken fire and were turned to smoke.

The Reading of Nicholas Nickleby

A young lady reading a manuscript in an unfathomable forest
those fourteen little boys and hear them some reading
silence succeeded to the reading of this choice epistle, during which
reading, "Russell Place, Russell Square; offers eighteen guineas
no tea, no sugar. Serious family-" "Ah! you needn't mind reading that
restored to its parent shelf the book he had been reading
with a high back, reading the paper. "Mr. Pyke," said Ralph
during a pause in the novel-reading. "Miss Nickleby," said
his nephew's letter, and that he seemed to have been reading it again
on his way home, and reading a list of the actors
chuckling rapturously over it and reading it several times
my own particular reading, and nobody else's. He, he
he had been reading, when the dialogue had gone thus far
I am robbed, I am ruined. She saw me reading it-reading it of late
reading it of late.-I did very often.-She watched me-saw me
reading from left to right and from right to left.


The Poems in Pickwick

So have I,' said the stranger. 'Epic poem,-ten thousand lines-revolution of July-composed it on the
things,' said Mr. Pickwick. 'I should like to see his poem,'
some beautiful little poems, I think, Sir
which wrote other sweet poem-what is that name?-Frog-Perspiring Frog-ver good-ver good indeed.'


Fiction in The Personal History of David Copperfield.

She desired her compliments-which was a polite fiction on my part / to be told some astonishing fictions respecting the wharves / he had invented a fiction that it belonged to "Mr. Blackboy," and / engaged at that time upon my first work of fiction / my written memory, to pursue the history of my own fictions. They express themselves, and I leave them to themselves / this was my third work of fiction. It was not half written, when, in / referring to my own fictions only when their course should incidentally connect itself.


Reading in Barnaby Rudge

People all agreed that he had been sitting up reading in his own room, where there were many traces of / the last words; and then went on reading with an appearance of the deepest interest and / as she was sitting listlessly at breakfast, reading all manner of fortunes / Emma was seated in a window, reading. The young lady, seeing who approached, hastily rose / in the stars, for their reading. They are like some wise men, who / went on reading from his list: "The Friends of Reason, half-a-guinea. The Friends / President," said Gashford, reading, "Mr. Simon Tappertit." "I remember him. The little man, who / would have an opportunity of reading Lord George Gordon's speeches word for word / he laid down the newspaper he had been reading; leaned back upon his pillow with the air of one... / reading to him aloud, and fell upon his neck.


Reading in Oliver Twist (1838) †

Gentlemen with powdered heads, one of whom was reading the newspaper, while the other was perusing / the old gentleman who was reading the newspaper, raised his head for a moment, and / there he stood, reading away as hard as if he were in his elbow-chair / in short, anything but the book itself, which he was reading straight through, turning over the leaves / when this gentleman was reading. The robbery was committed by another boy. I saw it / the prosecutor was reading, was he?" inquired Fang, after another pause. "Yes / Mr. Brownlow was seated reading. When he saw Oliver, he pushed the book away / you may keep the books, if you're fond of reading, and if not, you can sell 'em / Mr. Fagin took the opportunity of reading Oliver a long lecture on the crying sin / to find that the old thief had been reading his thoughts; but boldly / was reading a dirty newspaper. He stared very hard / I was reading a book to-night to wile the time / into the Jew's face, and reading no satisfactory explanation of the riddle there, clenched / the old gentleman with an anxious eye, but reading in his countenance nothing but severity and determination walked.


The Books in Bleak House

I had come home from school with my books and portfolio, watching my long shadow / from quite another part of the book / at a bookcase full of the most inexpressive-looking books that ever had anything to say for themselves / old volumes, outside the door, labelled "Law Books, all at 9 d. / a few old prints from books, of Chancellors and barristers, wafered against the wall; and some / little drawing of his head on the fly-leaf of a book. "Don't be ruffled by your occupation. We can separate / a little library of books and papers, and in part quite a little museum / for us besides. Have I read the little book wot you left? No / you left? No, I an't read the little book wot you left. There an't nobody here as knows / there wos, it wouldn't be suitable to me. It's a book fit for a babby, and / to increase his antagonism, pulled out a good book, as if it were a constable's staff / with ever so much tact. As to the little book to which the man on the floor had referred / grinding away at those books and instruments, and then galloping up hill / I paid the bills, and added up my books, and made all the household affairs / well! I was full of business, examining tradesmen's books, adding up columns, paying money / I sat there for another hour or more, finishing my books and payments, and getting through / his large room. The titles on the backs of his books have retired into the binding / who copied it, sir, by referring to my Book." Mr. Snagsby / by referring to my Book." Mr. Snagsby takes his Book down from the safe / brings his right forefinger travelling down a page of the Book / into the back office, refers to the entries in the book still lying open / Well, little woman," said he, shutting up his book, "if you have accepted / the box in which I was packing his books, "was not very visible when you called it / going to the churches on Sundays, with their books in their hands / the ashes. He was lost in thought, his book lay unheeded by his side / and dusted his books and papers, and jingled my housekeeping keys / with some books and some bones, and seemed to acquire a considerable fund / on my book; but, I knew the beautiful face quite well / proved by elaborate calculations in his pocket- book, that supposing he had contracted, say two hundred / private researches in the Day Book and Ledger, till, cash-box, and iron safe / of any such book. Its compilers, and the Reverend Chadband, are all one to / fire in the library, condescendingly perusing the backs of his books, or honoring / her all my books and methods, and all my fidgetty ways. You would have / books with butter sticking to the binding, guttered candle-ends / with her copy-book. Writing was a trying business / of a book not quite unknown / I had dried them, and put them in a book that I was fond of / for a ten-pound note in every pocket-ruled account-book in his hand / down with the ruled account-book; tells him, in a literal prosaic way / I can't do it. I haven't got the ruled account-book, I have none of the tax-gathering elements / out of his Diary into his draft bill book, for the ultimate behoof of his three daughters / of cushions, an easy-chair, and plenty of pillows, a piano, books, drawing materials, music, newspapers / and sought my guardian among his books. I knew he always read at that hour / he put a chair for me, shut his book, and put it by, and turned his kind / book, and it happened to be in the next room / a table, with a great confusion of clothes, tin cases, books, boots, brushes, and portmanteaus, strewn / like little spelling books), has put him on good terms with the woman / in a large black pocket-book with a girdle to it, and / observed my guardian shutting up his book, one night when we were all three / not writing, but was sitting with a book before him, from which his eyes and thoughts / turns the key in the door, ungirdles his black pocket-book (book of fate to many / book of fate to many), lays another letter by it / without this anonymous information." Having put the letters in his book of Fate, and girdled it up / now, open that pocket-book of mine / it's entered, plain and regular, like an orderly-book; not a word in it but / from his book, on hearing the rapid ringing at the bell / it was a cover for his book-table that I happened to be ornamenting / on which I chanced to light on opening the book. It was this / and books, and papers, and what not, and never liking to part / with the inexpressive-looking books, and the piles of papers.


The Reader in Oliver Twist

As it can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of the business at all events / it must be quite clear to every experienced reader that / I need hardly beg the reader to observe that this action / was born; the reader taking it for granted that there are good and substantial.


The Reader in Martin Chuzzlewit

WHEREIN CERTAIN PERSONS ARE PRESENTED TO THE READER, WITH WHOM HE MAY, IF HE PLEASE, BECOME BETTER ACQUAINTED / as the reader is already acquainted with. In the meantime / it was, as the reader may perchance remember, Mr. Pecksniff's usual form of advertisement / rendered somewhat obscure in itself, by reason (as the reader may have observed) of a redundancy of negatives; but / account, if the reader pleases, separately. This fine young man had all the / present chapter with this frank admission, lest the reader should imagine that the sounds now deafening this history's ears / has been within the reader's knowledge. It is too common with all of us, but / a fit book for a lying reader. But you're deaf. I forgot that / with the emotions of the reader. At first, Mr. Nadgett sat with his spectacles low down / in the scene upon the Wharf with which the reader has been already made acquainted, had no / determination natural to his character (which, as the reader may have observed in the beginning.