Charles Dickens 10 How Did Dickens Die

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a sort of speech and not a speech for its

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own sake Most of the time what he was doing

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was reading or reenacting scenes from his novels The murder

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of nancy in oliver twist was by far the biggest

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crowd please her crowd pleaser In this sense you got

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a response Not that it was happy he writes in

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his letters and other witnesses testified that he would just

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absolutely right down the house every single time that he

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enacted this particular scene And not surprisingly the way in

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which he did that was so over the top that

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exacted an enormous physical toll from him every time he

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did it So towards the end of his life again

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in an effort to raise much needed money he went

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on a lecture circuit doing this and supposedly yet another

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reenactment of the scene really lead to the downfall of

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his health Somewhat premature Death were to remember that people

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weren't living regularly until you know into their eighties or

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something In the victorian period especially around london we often

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hear the term london fog So london fog for example

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was not fog that london fogs actually pollution And so

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when people talked about london fog or pea soup fog

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what they weren't wise slit from people's chimneys and from

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factories and so forth that would get stuck in the

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streets of london much like flog get stuck in places

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like l a or beijing today Then we just sit

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there and people would would inhale it I'm sure that

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also contributed to being not terribly healthy What activity took

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a major toll on dick itself What was london fog