Sunday, February 12, 2012
Drawing from a photo on Wikipedia.
Quote from Popular Quotations for All Uses, edited by Lewis Copeland, 1942 Ed.
Charles Dickens - Feb 7, 1812 to Jun 9, 1870. Author. A belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
I haven't read as much Dickens as I should have by now, in fact, A Christmas Carol is the extent of my readings and that was done when I was in elementary school. Oh, I take that back, A Tale of Two Cities was required reading in high school. I always thought I would like to dig into Martin Chuzzlewit because the name intrigued me. I think I tried David Copperfield and Great Expectations, but saw the movies instead. Of course, if I had known back then that he was born two days before me father, he might have been a hero of mine. Just joking, but me Pa always said he was three days older than A. Lincoln of Feb 12 fame, being born on Feb 9. He was always making jokes like that.
If I'd been alive in 1842 when Dickens came to the U.S., I could have had a conversation with him about his pet raven, Grip. I could've asked him how he ever caught that damn bird in the first place, and in the second place, how did he teach it to speak English? I would have told him that he should have taught it to speak French and let it fly off to Paris for a long weekend or longer. Maybe it would have become lost over the English channel and the prevailing winds could have carried it to Bermuda, a much better climate than England, I hear.
"If the law supposes that," said Mr. Bumble, "the law is a ass, a idiot." These lines could be used in about any Western. I can hear John Wayne, instead of Mr. Bumble, saying it to Glen Campbell, the Texas Ranger in True Grit. He could have worked them in somehow. Or maybe it would fit into Judge Roy Bean's conversation better as he sentences the bad guy to hang, "If the law supposes that, the law is a ass, a idiot."