Dickens in love

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Dickens in love

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feb 14, 2015, 2:24pm

Yes, I saw this article today. The poetry is pretty dire and one wonders if he would want his readers to see it. How many of us wrote drivel in our youth when first love hit us, and how many of us then hid it from sight for evermore?

The saddest thing about Dickens and Maria Beadnell is his ignoring her warnings about the advancing years, meeting her in later life and then cruelly caricaturing her in "Little Dorrit." He seems always to have been the disappointed romantic.

Perhaps she consoled herself with the portrait he drew of her in "David Copperfield" . I am currently re-reading the book and find myself feeling sorry for Dora who is quite shrewd in some ways and knows that her childishness makes her unfit for marriage, but she is always sweet and loving.

mar 9, 2015, 7:47pm

>2 Maura49: Even Flora isn't so bad, really. Of course the changes in her are portrayed to comic effect, but she has a truly kind and generous heart and is often shown in a good light (helping Amy in many ways, staying loyal to Arthur after his financial reverses, etc.).