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Legends of Myself 60

January 30, 2013

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60.  Prince Rupert, 1959:  Rest Is a Weapon My stay in Prince Rupert in the summer of 1959 was mostly free of incident, more an establishing shot of a story to be continued later than a story in itself. In relation to my previous stays in town, I was exploring a more downtown view of […]

Legends of Myself 51

December 27, 2012

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Continued from Legends of Myself 50 51. Port Essington, 1958-59:  One Room Schoolhouse It’s one of those bureaucratic paradoxes that sometimes the most challenging jobs are given to the least experienced, mostly because the most experienced wouldn’t put up with them.  The schoolhouse in Essington had one room, one teacher, 10 students, and (potentially) 7 grades. […]

Winkle on the Ice by Charles Dickens

December 18, 2012

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I read Oliver Twist in 1962, half a century ago, but my first introduction to Dickens was in my grade three classroom in Port Essington, 1958-59.  The following passage, taken from The Pickwick Papers, was that introduction, which was reprinted in my grade three reader.  Some of the language seems a little advanced for 8-year-olds.  […]

A Prison of the Mind by Charles Dickens

April 19, 2012

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In his childhood, Charles Dickens’ father was imprisoned for debt, throwing his family and young Charles into circumstances which forever haunted the writer.  In his fiction, Dickens returned to prison many times, often exploring the theme of the terrible power of prisons over the soul.  As the following passage makes clear, Dickens understood as well […]

The Circumlocution Office by Charles Dickens

March 5, 2012

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The Circumlocution Office was (as everybody knows without being told) the most important Department under Government. No public business of any kind could possibly be done at any time without the acquiescence of the Circumlocution Office. Its finger was in the largest public pie, and in the smallest public tart. It was equally impossible to […]

Legends of Myself 39

February 26, 2012

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Continued from Legends of Myself 38 39. Prince Rupert, 1958:  Tea with Candy George “Would you like long tea or short tea?” Old Pop asked. And why would I want short tea when long tea was available?  “Long tea,” I replied. My grandfather then lifted the teapot a few extra inches from the table and poured […]

Sam Weller and the Pieman

December 24, 2011

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‘You see that green hill there?’ ‘Certainly.’ ‘That’s the place where we are to lunch; and, by Jove, there’s the boy with the basket, punctual as clockwork!’ ‘So he is,’ said Mr. Pickwick, brightening up. ‘Good boy, that. I’ll give him a shilling, presently. Now, then, Sam, wheel away.’ ‘Hold on, sir,’ said Mr. Weller, […]