14 September 2011

A Ridiculous Exaggeration

Those were drinking days, and most men drank hard.

So very great is the improvement Time has brought about in such habits, that a moderate statement of the quantity of wine and punch which one man would swallow in the course of a night, without any detriment to his reputation as a perfect gentleman, would seem, in these days, a ridiculous exaggeration.

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Painting: Gabriël Metsu (1629 - 1667)


  1. Gotta love Charles Dickens. One of my favs.

  2. Interesting statement about drunken males. :) You have to wonder if Charles Dickens was a heavy or moderate drinker...

  3. I love Dickens. I know some people bemoan his lengthy descriptions, but I favor him. I love his quirky characters. And his 'villains' are always the quirkiest of all.

    It IS Friday, thus, I think I shall partake in a cocktail (or 2) later, in Dickens' honor...reputation be damned. ;)

    This is my first time here, fellow Campaigner. *waves hello* Nice to meet you, :)

    Have a lovely weekend,

  4. Lovely quote there. Actually made me think of when I was stationed in Germany. Now those are some hard drinking people. They work hard; they play hard.

  5. Oh someone like me who's bringing writing and arts together!! Great. I like the paintings you've posted there. I wasn't familiar with the artists so it's great to educate yourself through the means of other blogs. Where can I follow you on your blog? I don't seem to find the right followers button to do it.

  6. Love Dickens and "Tale"! As a visual artist/writer, I resonate with your combining both mediums here. How do I follow your blog?


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