dickens grew up in a London where child labor was ruthlessly exploited.
dickens being dickens, the death of Mary Hogarth did not drive him to record only one girl's fate.
Flaubert, for instance, hated the works of dickens: “What defective composition!”
Come to think of it, Mr. dickens would probably make one hell of a modern-day TV writer.
This was due to his highly negative presentation of dickens throughout rather than because of anything to do with Ellen.
How the dickens is a fellow to get to sleep while you're playing Punch and Judy in there?
The American Notes, 1842, was a further offering from dickens.
This brave letter was an important service rendered at a critical time, and dickens was very grateful for it.
The settlement of "Eden" may be precisely what dickens drew it: a miasmatic mud-hole.
When I come to think of it—I don't know what the dickens made me stay nine years!
exclamation, 1590s, apparently a substitute for devil; probably altered from Dickon, nickname for Richard and source of the surnames Dickens and Dickenson, but exact derivation and meaning are unknown.
The devil; a devilish person: felt like the dickens/ let the dickens out on Halloween