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  • Candace Caddick

Dickens’s Eyes

I wrote in about finding eyes and seeing thoughtfully through them, and then I listened to a biography on Charles Dickens last week. He took long walks through London, seeing the destitution of countless bodies and pitied them, and when he wrote about them as characters in his books he was the first popular novelist to include the poor. The poor considered him “their author” because they appeared in his pages as rounded characters, not as invisible masses. Because he could actually see them, he showed them to the rest of society.

That’s what I meant about using your eyes.


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