September 20-26, 511 pages
I love Dickens. He is definitely one of my favourite authors. His characters are amazing. I love the way that all of their stories overlap and culminate at the end. And their names. The names are great.
I also love a happy ending. I know, I'm such a sop. But I do like knowing that, despite any misfortunes, in the good characters will be rewarded and bad ones will be punished.
And, of course, there are some hilarious lines. None that I have room for here unfortunately.
This is really just a great story, told by a great storyteller.
'There is a drowsy state, between sleeping and waking, when you dream more in five minutes with your eyes half open, and yourself half conscious of everything that is passing around you, than you would in five nights with your eyes fast closed, and your senses wrapt in perfect unconsciousness. At such times, a mortal knows just enough of what his mind is doing, to form some glimmering conception of its mighty powers, its bounding from earth and spurning time and space, when freed from the restraint of its corporeal associate.'
After exclaiming several times that the robbery was 'so unexpected! In the silence of night, too!' 'Dear, dear':
'The doctor seemed especially troubled by the fact of the robbery having been unexpected, and attempted in the nighttime; as if it were the established custom of gentlemen in the housebreaking way to transact business at noon, and to make an appointment, by post, a day or two previous'