Dombey and Son: So Classical

Miss Blimber, too, although a slim and graceful maid, did no soft violence to the gravity of the house. There was no light nonsense about Miss Blimber. She kept her hair short and crisp, and wore spectacles. She was dry and sandy with working in the graves of deceased languages. None of your live languages for Miss Blimber. They must be dead—stone dead—and then Miss Blimber dug them up like a Ghoul.

Mrs Blimber, her Mama, was not learned herself, but she pretended to be, and that did quite as well. She said at evening parties, that if she could have known Cicero, she thought she could have died contented. It was the steady joy of her life to see the Doctor’s young gentlemen go out walking, unlike all other young gentlemen, in the largest possible shirt-collars, and the stiffest possible cravats. It was so classical, she said.

—Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son

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5 comments on “Dombey and Son: So Classical

  1. I'm reading The Mill on the Floss for a book club I started in my area. That's what they all voted for and I'm excited because soon we (you and I) will actually get to talk about a book. I'll have to go back and find your post, read it again and repeat everything at the club discussion so that they'll all think I'm very smart. Hehe 🙂

  2. Sylvia says:

    Heh. Nice try but I didn't do a review of the book! I just posted some fun quotes. I don't quite feel confident enough to do a review of one of my “bedtime audiobooks.” Sometimes I doze off and miss parts, and I don't know if I really take it all in when it's in audio format. It's a great way to end the day, though, as long as the story isn't too disturbing. But I'll be happy to discuss the book!

  3. Sylvia says:

    Wow, thanks for those links!

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