"The Pickwick Papers"
|"Mr Pickwick went slowly and gravely
down the slide, with his feet about a yard
and a quarter apart."
|" " Come, gentlemen', continued Mr
Pickwick, still retaining his hold upon the jar,
'a toast: Our friends at Dingley Dell.' "
|" 'Wery good power o' suction, Sammy.
You'd ha' made an uncommon fine oyster,
Sammy, if you'd been born in that station o'
|The Rev Stiggins.
|"Nothin' the matter" said Mr Pickwick. "We- we're all right ain't we."
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|"In walked Mr Job Trotter."
|Two impressions of Alfred Jingle.
|"Damages, gentlemen - heavy damages - is
the only punishment with which you can visit
him; the only recompense you can award to
my client. And for those damages she now
appeals to an enlightened, a high-minded, a
right-feeling, a conscientious, a
dispassionate, a sympathising, a
contemplative jury of her civilised
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between March 1836 and October 1837. It was a huge success and launched the author's
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|"The lady pointed to the door."
|"Mrs Bardell could only reply by a look. She
had long worshipped Mr Pickwick at a
distance, but here she was all at once, raised
to a pinnacle to which her wildest and most
extravagant hopes had never dared to
|"...he's gone to sleep again. Be good enough
to pinch him, sir - in the leg, if you please,
nothing else wakes him."
The Fat Boy.
"Chops ! Gracious heavens ! and tomato
Sauce ! Gentlemen, is the happiness of a
secretive and sensitive and confiding female
to be trifled away by such shallow artifices
as these ?"
|"There was a fine gentle wind, and Mr
Pickwick's hat rolled sportively before it. The
wind puffed, and Mr Pickwick puffed, and the
hat rolled over and over as merrily as a lively
porpoise in a strong tide."
|"He would not deny that he was influenced
by human passions, and human feelings
(cheers) - possibly by human weaknesses
-(loud cries of "No"); but this he would say,
that if ever the fire of self-importance broke
out in his bosom, the desire to benefit the
human race in preference effectually
|"Mr Tupman, we are observed ! - we are
discovered !" Mt Tupman looked round.
There was the fat boy, perfectly motionless,
with his large circular eyes staring into the
|"Wot I like in that 'ere style of writin'" said
the elder Mr Weller, "is that there ain't no
callin' names in it - no Wenuses nor nothin' o'
that kind. Wot's the good o' callin' a young
'ooman a Wenus or a angel, Sammy?"
|"I never met with anything so awful as this,"
thought poor Mr Pickwick, the cold
perspiration starting in drops upon his
night-cap. "Never. This is fearful."
|Mr Pickwick was struck motionless and
speechless. He stood with his lovely burden
in his arms, gazing vacantly on the
countenances of his friends, without the
slightest attempt at recognition or
|"In one instant the mottled-faced gentleman depressed his hand
again, and every glass was set down empty. It is impossible to
describe the thrilling effect produced by this striking ceremony. At
once dignified, solemn, and impressive, it combined every element of
|Mr Pickwick in an awkward predicament.
|Mr Pickwick addresses the Club.
|"Bless my soul" said Mr Pickwick, "let me apply a little gentle
|"...of course I came to look arter you, my
Darlin'." Sam Weller and Mary.
|"My dear," said Mr Pickwick, "don't be frightened, my dear, 'tis only
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|"And when he was knocked down, (which happened upon the
average every third round)".