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[文化博览] 【整理】2013-02-22 狄更斯其人 Charles Dickens—8

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[Homework]2013-02-22 狄更斯其人 Charles Dickens—8

As a kid, I was too thin and I was very bookish, you know, I loved reading and I was also into comedy, but I always regarded those two worlds being quite separate. Literature was serious and for the funny staff I spend all my money on comics and listen to the great radio comedy shows, like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. And later I remembered when I got hooked on Dickens, I picked up the Old Curiosity Shop,as you do. And very early on, I came across this episode of a great guy called Dick Swiveller, who has no money, and he is in a pub and bought a meal, and he says to the inn-keeper, he will come around late that night and pay for it. He writes something down at the book. And his friend, Dick Swiveller's friend says to *, you just write a reminder and come back this evening. And Dick says, Not exactly, Fred, I enter this little book the names of the streets where I cannot go down, while the shops are open. This dinner today closes Long Acre. I bought a pair of boots in great Queen Street last week and made that no thoroughfare too. There is only one avenue to the strand left open now, and I shall have to stop up that tonight with a pair of gloves.So what Dick Swiveller was doing is he's gonna mentally map out London and he's just crossing out the streets he can't move on because he owes people money there. And I was thinking that was funny and it reminds me of something. It reminds me of, I don't know, a standard comedy routine or a sketch or that scene that Charlie Chaplin scene where he's quite happily eating his own shoes 'cause he has no food left and no money to buy some. And that, for me, was a great eye-opener about Dickens. I think we're put off by this notion we have of Charles Dickens as this great Victorian novelist, because it implies his seriousness, whereas in fact, I think, he's the finest comedian we've even produced.


By that, I mean, much comedy today is actually still conditioned by the way Dickens wrote it in 19th century. And comedy writers and performers today owe huge debt to him. Other people who work in comedy think so too.




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