I repeat; the contagion of suspicion and fear was among us, and there is no such contagion under the sky. The women (their noses in a chronic state of excoriation from smelling-salts) were always primed and loaded for a swoon, and ready to go off with hair-triggers.
- Charles Dickens, ‘The Haunted House’ (1859) in Three Ghost Stories [full text]
Bleak House, Charles Dickens Chap 1
Such imagery…the law is polluted, clouded, and obstructive.
Bleak House, Charles Dickens, Chap 1
I love the writing, the imagery. I’m on Chap 5
“Pub landlord reveals his literary side”, The Independent