Good Morning and Happy Monday! I hope everyone who

Good Morning and Happy Monday! I hope everyone who

4/17/2021, 6:02:59 PM
Good Morning and Happy Monday! I hope everyone who celebrated Easter had a wonderful day. . Thought I would kick off this week with some Dickens, and one of my favorites, "Great Expectations". (The open book is one of my favorite copies of "Great Expectations". A vintage copy I found in a dollar book store in Long Beach!) . Some facts that I pulled from my Connell Guide ( @connellguides ) to Dickens: . ☝🏼GE is one of only two Dickens novels to be written in first person. The other is David Copperfield (though he uses the autobiographical form in part of Bleak House.) . ☝🏼There are, it is calculated, some 16,000 characters in Dickens's fiction and some 180 identifiable characters in Great Expectations. Oddly, we do not know the names, or full names, is two characters who play an important part in the plot: "Mrs Joe" and "Trabb's Boy". . ☝🏼In chapter 44 Pip undertakes a midnight walk from Rochester to London, a distance of 26 miles. It was a feat Dickens, a fanatic walker, often did himself, typically at night. (He was a light sleeper who couldn't nod off at all unless his head was pointing due north. To make sure if this he always carried a compass with him; if necessary, beds were shifted.) . ☝🏼Great Expectations, the 13th of Dickens's 15 completed full-length novels, was written in the most tormented year of his life. He has broken up from his wife, contracted venereal disease and still not established a sound--adulterous-- relationship with the young actress, Ellen Ternan. Biographers have speculated that Ternan's early behavior to him influenced his portrayal of the cold, ungiving, tantalizing Estella. . Do you like studying about your favorite books and authors? What are some of your favorites to learn about? Does it change the way you see the story?

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