09 May 2013

The Power of Dress

What an excellent example of the power of dress young Oliver Twist was. Wrapped in the blanket which had hitherto formed his only covering, he might have been the child of a nobleman or a beggar;–it would have been hard for the haughtiest stranger to have fixed his station in society.

But now he was enveloped in the old calico robes, that had grown yellow in the same service; he was badged and ticketed, and fell into his place at once–a parish child–the orphan of a workhouse–the humble, half-starved drudge–to be cuffed and buffeted through the world, despised by all, and pitied by none.

–Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

Painting: William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825 - 1905)


  1. I finally read Oliver Twist, and was a bit disappointed. I'd seen the play on state and two movie versions, so I knew the story was terrific. But Oliver himself was a bit unbelievable. Well, all of the "good guys" were. The "bad guys" (Fagan, etc.) I think made the story work. What do you think?

    1. I agree with you about the bad guys, Elizabeth. That's what made the story memorable for me. I can't forget Sikes and his dog "winking at his master with both eyes at the same time."

  2. How about a snippet about Tennyson? I've heard of him forever and even read some of his shorter poems, but recently I've discovered the beauty of his longer poems.


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