That constant pacing to and fro, that never-ending restlessness, that incessant tread of feet wearing the rough stones smooth and glossy—is it not a wonder how the dwellers in narrows ways can bear to hear it! Think of a sick man in such a place as Saint Martin’s Court, listening to the footsteps, and in the midst of pain and weariness obliged, despite himself (as though it were a task he must perform) to detect the child’s step from the man’s, the slipshod beggar from the booted exquisite, the lounging from the busy, the dull heel of the sauntering outcast from the quick tread of an expectant pleasure-seeker—think of the hum and noise always being present to his sense, and of the stream of life that will not stop, pouring on, on, on, through all his restless dreams, as if he were condemned to lie, dead but conscious, in a noisy churchyard, and had no hope of rest for centuries to come.
The Old Curiosity Shop, chap. 1
Every night he [Dickens] walked a dozen miles, without which, he said, ‘I should just explode and perish.’ Under the pseudonym Boz, Dickens wrote, ‘There is nothing we enjoy more than a little amateur vagrancy, walking through London as though ‘the whole were an unknown region to our wandering mind.’”
Follow a walking route through the City of London to see key sites from Charles Dickens’ novels… Starting at St Mary-at-Hill and ending at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Follow a walking route through Rochester, charting the course of Charles Dickens life…
An area full of stories and legends, she takes us through the narrow streets of Jacob’s Island, a notorious slum in Victorian times and the setting for Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.
Tom Pinch, one of the more becoming figures in the novel Martin Chuzzlewit (1844), is on the move. “What better time for driving, riding, walking, moving through the air by any means, than a fresh, frosty morning, when hope runs cheerily though the veins with the brisk blood, and tingles in the frame from head to foot,”…
It is not easy to walk alone in the country without musing upon something.
A tranquil summer sunset shone upon him as he approached the end of his walk, and passed through the meadows by the river side. He had that sense of peace, and of being lightened of a weight of care, which country quiet awakens in the breasts of dwellers in towns.
Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit