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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV "THE PICKWICK
PAPERS" Round the birth of "Pickwick" broke one of those literary
quarrels that were too common in the life of Dickens. Such quarrels
indeed generally arose from some definite mistake or misdemeanour
on the part of somebody else; but they were also made possible by
an indefinite touchiness and susceptibility in Dickens himself. He
was so sensitive on points of personal authorship and
responsibility that even his sacred sense of humour deserted him.
He turned people into mortal enemies whom he might have turned very
easily into immortal jokes. It was not that he was lawless: in a
sense it was that he was too legal; but he did not understand the
principle of de minimis non curat lex. Anybody could draw him; any
fool could make a fool of him. Any obscure madman who chose to say
that he had written the whole of "Martin Chuzzlewit"; any
penny-a-liner who chose to say that Dickens wore no shirt collar
could call forth the most passionate and public denials as of a man
pleading "not guilty" to witchcraft or high treason. Hence the
letters of Dickens are filled with a certain singular type of
quarrels and complaints, quarrels and complaints in which one
cannot say that he was on the wrong side, but merely that even in
being on the right side he was in the wrong place. He was not only
a generous man, he was even a just man; to have made against
anybody a charge or claim which was unfair would have been
insupportable to him. His weakness was that he found the unfair
claim or charge, however small, equally insupportable when brought
against himself. No one can say of him that he was often wrong; we
can only say of him as of many pugnacious people, that he was too
often right. The incidents attending the inauguration of the...
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G. K. Chesterton
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