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[文化博览] 【整理】2013-03-20 狄更斯其人 Charles Dickens—19

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[Homework]2013-03-20 狄更斯其人 Charles Dickens—19

At the time of Bleak House, there were the lawyers who prolonged litigation for their own advantage, there have been ever since, and there always will be. That's always going to be a problem.One thing I do want to ask is when you read these accounts of the law, do you feel implicated, do you feel part of that, there's always a tendency when...for example, politicians looking at the figure of it would tell me, Oh, I know someone just like that. So it's never themselves, but it's always someone they know. I just wonder how do you feel...
It's a fat cop of coffee stop me back to rise, some of it is timeless. Er, yeah, and this, you see it all the time. Not me, obviously, but dirty.
Not me, definitely. I mean the great thing about it is that it is hugely entertaining.
That's right. The great thing about Dickens is the actuality has a series of vivid scenes.
And how about today, if Dickens were writing today then, what in the way the system works now, is there anything you think he would * seize on?
Oh, I don't think he would be short of material.
It's not just in our institutions that we can sometimes spot the timelessness of Dickens' attacks. The characters who dominate his institutions can seem familiar too. Today we may have the likes Mr. Murdock, but in Little Dorrit, Dickens gives us a Mr. Merdle.
Mr. Merdle was immensely rich; a man of prodigious enterprise; a Midas who turned all he touched to gold. He was in everything good, from banking to building. He was in Parliament, of course. He was in the City, necessarily. The weightiest of men had said to projectors, Now, what name have you got? Have you got Merdle? And, the reply being in the negative, had said, Then I won't look at you.
The whole novel is a depiction partly of this figure, one figure, Merdle, moving through society and, first the politicians, then the media, and then the law, all come to pay homage to him. But he himself is a strange shadowy figure, whose bank collapses, whose money fritters away, and who ends up killing himself in a bath. It's a frightening and sadly familiar depiction of the whole British society converging around one man who tries to control it and in the end, imploding. Now, surely something goes horrific as that 150 years ago couldn't happen today. I mean we know so much more now, don't we?

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