By Charles Dickens, Hablot K. Browne, Peter Merchant

ISBN-10: 1848703945

ISBN-13: 9781848703940

Author note: Illustrated through Hablot okay. Browne. ahead via Peter Merchant.
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This Wordsworth variation comprises an unique advent and Notes through Peter service provider, crucial Lecturer in English, Canterbury Christ Church college College.

Illustrations by way of Hablot okay. Browne (Phiz)

A story of 2 towns (1859), Dickens’ maximum ancient novel, strains the personal lives of a gaggle of individuals stuck up within the cataclysm of the French Revolution and the phobia. Dickens established his ancient element on Carlyle’s nice paintings – The French Revolution – and likewise on his personal observations and investigations in the course of quite a few visits to Paris.

‘The top tale i've got written’ used to be Dickens’ personal verdict on A story of 2 towns, and the reader is not going to disagree with this judgement of a narrative which mixes historic truth with the author’s unsurpassed genius for poignant stories of human affliction, self-sacrifice, and redemption.

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Et toutes ces affectations apprises dans les livres, et cette infatigable mélancolie, faite pour 37 inspirer au spectateur un tout autre sentiment que la pitié ? En vérité, il me prend quelquefois envie de vous apprendre ce que c'est que le vrai malheur. « À vous voir ainsi, ma belle délicate, les pieds dans la fange et les yeux tournés vaporeusement vers le ciel, comme pour lui demander un roi, on dirait vraisemblablement une jeune grenouille qui invoquerait l'idéal. Si vous méprisez le soliveau (ce que je suis maintenant, comme vous savez bien), gare la grue qui vous croquera, vous gobera et vous tuera à son plaisir !

Sur des panneaux luisants, ou sur des cuirs dorés et d'une richesse sombre, vivent discrètement des peintures béates, calmes et profondes, comme les âmes des artistes qui les créèrent. Les soleils couchants, qui colorent si richement la salle à manger ou le salon, sont tamisés par de belles étoffes ou par ces hautes fenêtres ouvragées que le plomb divise en nombreux compartiments. Les meubles sont vastes, curieux, bizarres, armés de serrures et de secrets 60 comme des âmes raffinées. Les miroirs, les métaux, les étoffes, l'orfèvrerie et la faïence y jouent pour les yeux une symphonie muette et mystérieuse ; et de toutes choses, de tous les coins, des fissures des tiroirs et des plis des étoffes s’échappe un parfum singulier, un revenez-y de Sumatra, qui est comme l'âme de l'appartement.

Dans les caresses de ta chevelure, je retrouve les langueurs des longues heures passées sur un divan, dans la chambre d'un beau navire, bercées par le roulis imperceptible du port, entre les pots de fleurs et les gargoulettes rafraîchissantes. Dans l'ardent foyer de ta chevelure, je respire l'odeur du tabac mêlé à l'opium et au sucre ; dans la nuit de ta chevelure, je vois resplendir l'infini de l'azur tropical ; sur les rivages duvetés de ta chevelure je m'enivre des odeurs combinées du goudron, du musc et de l'huile de coco.

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