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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. I was very bookish. You know, I loved reading, and I was also into comedy. But I always regarded those two worlds of being quite separate. Literature was serious. And for the funny stuff, I spent all my money on comics. I listened to great radio comedy shows like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
And I remember when I got hooked to Dickens, I picked out ?? the Old Curiosity Shop, as you do. And very early on, I came across this episode 12, a great guy, Dick Swiveller, who has no money. And he's in a pub and he's bought a meal. And he says to the innkeeper he'll come around later that night and pay for it. And he writes something down in a book. And his friend, Dick Swiveller's friend, says to him well you are just writing down a reminder to come back in the evening. And Dick says, Not exactly, Fred. I enter in this little book the name of street that I can't 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's only one avenue to the Strand left open now. And I shall have to stop up that tonight with a pair for gloves.
So what Dick Swiveler is doing is he's gonna mentally map of London and he's just crossing out streets he can't move on because he owes people money there. And I was thinking, well that's funny but it reminds me of something. It reminds me of, I don't know, start-off comedy routine, or a sketch, or that scene, that Charley Chapter scene where he quite happily eats his own shoes cause he has no food left in and no money to buy some. And that for me, is a great an eye-opener about Dickens. That can put off the notion we have of Charles Dickens as this great Victorian novelist. Cause it implies he's serious, whereas in fact, I think he's the finest comedian we've ever produced. By that, I mean, much comedy today is still conditioned by the way Dickens wrote it in the 19th century. And comedy writers and performers today owe huge debt to him. A lot of people who work in comedy think so too.
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