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  • Francesca de Freitas LIBR 500: Foundations of Information Technology


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Charles Dickens vs. Wilkie Collins

  • They were good friends who very often worked together.

  • They may have finished each other's sentences.

  • But their stories were very different:

NOVELS!

  • Little Dorritby Charles DickensSerialised from1855 – 1857

  • Poor Miss Finchby Wilkie CollinsSerialised from1871 - 1872


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Little Dorrit

By Charles Dickens, Ultra-Condensed by Vladimir Zelevinsky

The Dorrits

Woe are us; we are poor and miserable.

(They get RICH.)‏

The Dorrits

Woe are us; we are rich and miserable.

(A HOUSE falls on the bad guy's HEAD.)‏

THE END


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That's it?!?

Yep. That's it.

I once answered an exam paper with a single sentence:

Little Dorrit typifies the mundanity of Victorian existence by the fact that people actually waited with bated breath to read each monthly instalment.

Incredibly, this did not earn me the A+ urban legends had led me to expect.

C-


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Poor Miss Finch

  • Mr. Oscar Dubourg, hero:

    • handsome

    • artistic

    • adores his identical twin

    • recently acquitted of murder

  • Miss Lucilla Finch, heroine:

    • beautiful

    • independent means

    • blind

    • has horror of dark colours

Obviously, they fall in lurrrvvvee!

And, this being the 1870's, they arrange to be married.


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But then...

  • Oscar is coshed on the head in a mugging, and starts to suffer from fits.

  • The epilepsy medication turns him navy blue.

    • On rare occasions, silver nitrate was used to treat a variety of illnesses including fits and seizures.

    • It has an unfortunate side effect – it turns your skin permanently blue.


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Just so you know,

I'm skipping all kinds of cute urchins, foreign widows, messages written in blood, missionaries,and teething.

Lest you think the novel lacks for subplots.


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Back to the main plot...

  • Oscar tells Lucilla that his twin brother is the one who has turned blue.

  • Twin brother returns from America.

  • Twin brother falls in love with Lucilla.

    Enter Van Helsing, eccentric continental vampi...

    Enter Herr Grosse, eccentric continental oculist who says he can cure Lucilla's blindness.


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Can she see clearly now?

  • Lucilla has the operation, hurrah! She can see again!

  • The first person she sees is the (evil) twin brother – pretending to be her lover.

  • When she sees the real Oscar’s dark blue face, she can’t bear to be near him.

Oscar does the decent thing and goes abroad.


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Wait, there's more...

  • Evil twin tries to rush Lucilla into a wedding.

  • Lucilla just doesn't get 'that loving feeling' and demurs.

  • The stress causes her to go blind again.

  • Evil twin tricks her into visiting London and attempts to force her into marriage.


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What happens next?

Well, you can read the whole glorious tale yourself, right here:http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3632

Jeepers! If you are absolutely determined to spoil the ending, click the angel.



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References

  • Bashcorpo.dk. Paper texture #1 [Image]. In Bashcorpo. Retrieved February 3, 2008, from:http://bashcorpo.dk/textures/paper1x.jpg

  • Collins, W. (1872). Poor miss finch. [Etext produced in 2003]. In Project Gutenberg. Retrieved February 3, 2008, from:http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext03/finch10.txt

  • Dickens, C. (1857). Little Dorrit. [Etext produced in 1997]. In Project Gutenberg. Retrieved February 3, 2008, from:http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext97/ldort10.txt

  • GlassGiant.com. Use your picture to make a romance novel cover! In GlassGiant.com. Retrieved February 6, 2008, from:http://www.glassgiant.com/romance/

  • Quinn, L. Blank cartouche. [Image]. In Liam's Pictures from Old Books. Retrieved February 3, 2008, from:http://www.fromoldbooks.org/Roam-MuseeArtistiqueIV/pages/274-cartouche-blank/

    Cont.


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References cont.

  • Jippolito. Bert & ernie jack-o-lanterns!. [Photograph]. In Flickr. Retrieved February 6, 2008, from:http://www.flickr.com/photos/jacy/282206280/

  • justsound_girl. “PRINTER DOT MATRIX”. [Audio recording]. In soundsnap. Retrieved February 6, 2008, from:http://www.soundsnap.com/node/12903

  • sofa sound. “turning page”. [Audio recording]. In soundsnap. Retrieved February 6, 2008, from:http://www.soundsnap.com/node/19637

  • Zelevinsky, V. Little dorrit. In Book-A-Minute Classics. Retrieved February 6, 2008, from:http://www.rinkworks.com/bookaminute/b/dickens.dorrit.shtml


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