Sketches By Boz - We must leave town! Find!
A few years ago I visited the Dickens House in London and bought an original copy of Lloyd's Sixpenny Dickens 'Sketches By Boz' that they happened to be selling. At the time I thought what a FIND!
There is several mentions of Kent in it such as:
Pg 160. "We must leave town immediately,"said Mr. Cymon Tuggs.
Everybody concurred that this was an indispensabe preliminary to be genteel. The question then arose, Where should they go?
"Gravesend?" mildly suggested Mr. Joseph Tuggs. The idea was unanimously scouted. Gravesend was low.
"Margate?" insinuated Mrs Tuggs. Worse and worse-nobody there but tradespeople.
"Brighton?" Mr. Cymon Tuggs opposed an insurmountable objection. All the coaches had been upset, in turn, within the last three weeks; each coach had averaged two passengers killed, and six wounded; and, in every case, the newspapers had distinctly understood that "no blame whatever was attributable to the coachman."
"Ramsgate?" ejaculated Mr.Cymon thoughtfully. To be sure: how stupid they must have been to have not thought of that before! Ramsgate was just the place of all others.
and on pg 164 "Shall we lunch at Pegwell?"
"I should like that very much indeed," interposed Mrs Tuggs. She had never heard of Pegwell; but the word "lunch" had reached her ears, and it sounded very agreeably.
I just love Dickens! This county should be called the garden of Dickens.
14 September 2009 from Robert
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