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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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[Homework]2013-03-13 狄更斯其人 Charles Dickens—16

Where are we going here?
This is Charles Dickens' bedroom.
And I can look 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?
Contraband, yeah, when he died, there was two 50-gallon drums of, er, barrels of tobacco, and 2,000 bottles of brandy found in the cellar.
Oh, that's completely colored my view of him as being a respectable member of society.
Now, this is, 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 mobilephone and disconnecting from internet to avoid all distractions here. But here is where this whole room forces you to look out towards the 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 found 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, well, some of the most powerful scenes that Dickens had written to date, and he did 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, just strike it all end.


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