I see dickens as the forerunner to people like Chaplin and Woody Allen, really.
dickens being dickens, the death of Mary Hogarth did not drive him to record only one girl's fate.
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.
dickens told sprawling, complicated, character-oriented, serialized stories in the newspapers and found a huge readership.
How the dickens is a fellow to get to sleep while you're playing Punch and Judy in there?
What the dickens are all these parcels that have come for you for?
This brave letter was an important service rendered at a critical time, and dickens was very grateful for it.
He understands that air strata raise the dickens with whistle-blasts.
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