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[文化博览] 【整理】2013-03-13 狄更斯其人 Charles Dickens—16

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Where are we going here?
This is Charles Dickens’ bedroom.
And I gallop there’s a cellar as well.
Yeah, that’s right.
And what did Dickens use the cellar for then?
Oh, I think it might be probably some of his stuff left to me. But I think he also used it for contraband.
Contraband?
Yes, when he died there was still 50 gallon drums of, barrels of tobacco, and still fares and bottles of brandy found in the cellar.
Oh, that’s completely colored my view of him as being a respectful member of society there.

Now, this is where Dickens wrote, this is where he finished David Copperfield. It’s a little airy nest as he called it. And it’s about the size of a nest, it’s quite small, I’m surprised how small it is. It’s almost like he forced himself to sit down and write. It’s the Victorian equivalent of a writer switching off his mobile phone and disconnecting internet to avoid all distractions here. But here is where this whole room forces you to look out, to watch to sea. In David Copperfield, he describes towards the end of the novel a gigantean storm scene that kills several major characters in the novel, I won’t reveal the names, that would spoil things and Dickens himself phoned these quite dramatic scenes, not just in the storm, but as the novel reached its conclusion, quite difficult to finish, he says he was nearly clean knocked over by the writing of it, and at one point, he says it defeated me. In actual fact, those scenes were some of the most powerful scenes that Dickens has written to date, and he did it here at this desk. And let’s see if I can get some inspiration, maybe for my next link as I look out towards the sea to strake your leaned.
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