It is a truth universally acknowledged that one can be neither a student nor a lover of literature without at least once reading (and completing) a Dickens novel.
This fact becomes clear even before going to college; English teachers everywhere feeding their students on a literary diet that includes A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, and Great Expectations (or, in my case, Hard Times). Then, of course, there are thrown in the blink-and-you-miss-it handful of classes on A Tale of Two Cities and you end up on a college literature course wondering just what exactly to do with the veritable brick of a read that is Bleak House […]
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