This week’s quote comes from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I’m determined to make good on my failed attempt to read it at the end of last year, so I started over again on it at the end of last week. I’m finding it more readable the second time through. Dickens–well, what can I say about him? He’s masterful at drawing vivid descriptions, and quite often, they are humorous. Case in point is this description of Jerry Cruncher, the jack-of-all-trades who plies those trades outside of Tellson Bank:
He had eyes that assorted very well with that decoration [his hat which hides them], being of a surface black, with no depth in the colour or form, and much too near together–as if they were afraid of being found out in something, singly, if they kept too far apart.
And one more bit:
Except on the crown, which was raggedly bald, he had stiff, black hair, standing jaggedly all over it, and growing downhill almost to his broad, blunt nose. It was so like smith’s work, so much more like the top of a strongly spiked wall than a head of hair, that the best of players at leap-frog might have declined him, as the most dangerous man in the world to go over. (22)
I love it!
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