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Social intercourse..Dickensian #209604
02/17/13 04:06 PM
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House Call

Letter from Charles Dickens to a chimney sweep, March 15, 1864:

Dear Sir,

Since you last swept my study chimney it has developed some peculiar eccentricities. Smoke has indeed proceeded from the cowl that surmounts it, but it has seemingly been undergoing internal agonies of a most distressing nature, and pours forth disastrous volumes of swarthy vapour into the apartment wherein I habitually labour. Although a comforting relief probably to the chimney, this is not altogether convenient to me. If you can send a confidential sub-sweep, with whom the chimney can engage in social intercourse, it might be induced to disclose the cause of the departure from its normal functions.

Faithfully yours,

Charles Dickens


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Re: Social intercourse..Dickensian [Re: LukeJavan8] #209609
02/17/13 05:35 PM
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The reply might well have read as follows:

16th March 1864

Mr C.Dickens, Esq.

Honoured Sir,

I wuz greatly distressed by your hintimation that all is not well wiv your noble chimbley after hit ad received my hattentions.
I shall immediately send Arry, my best climbin boy, oo is well acquainted with the fell ways of chimbleys.
I would respeckfully arst you ter make sartin that no lidies is presint on that occasion, as the hintercourse between climbin boys and their chimbleys can oftimes be arsh.

Your hobediant svít

Alf. Doolittle
Chimbley Sweep


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Re: Social intercourse..Dickensian [Re: Rhubarb Commando] #209610
02/17/13 05:45 PM
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Hey, OK !
I really liked it, especially the part about
absenting any gentlewomen.
You is a very creative mate.


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Re: Social intercourse..Dickensian [Re: LukeJavan8] #209611
02/17/13 07:51 PM
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Busman's holiday, I fear - C19 Social History is how I've earned my beer-moey these last 30 years.


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Re: Social intercourse..Dickensian [Re: LukeJavan8] #209759
02/24/13 10:36 PM
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Yep, and you've done a good job of rewriting it, too! laugh


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Re: Social intercourse..Dickensian [Re: Capital Kiwi] #209772
02/25/13 09:56 AM
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As I have for many years told my students, there is no such thing as 'right' or 'wrong' in history - it is all a matter of interpretation! wink


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Re: Social intercourse..Dickensian [Re: Rhubarb Commando] #209783
02/25/13 03:57 PM
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- -and who the winners were!


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Re: Social intercourse..Dickensian [Re: LukeJavan8] #209868
03/02/13 01:58 AM
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I love Mr. Dickens' wording. Was he intending to be humorous, do you reckon?

Re: Social intercourse..Dickensian [Re: LukeJavan8] #209875
03/02/13 11:51 AM
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I think there is a good chance that he was, Jackie.


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Re: Social intercourse..Dickensian [Re: Rhubarb Commando] #209883
03/02/13 08:53 PM
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One of the few bits of Dickens I've ever read start to finish, and even enjoyed. When I try to read his novels I get halfway (or less) through, then hurl the damned thing across the room.

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