Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Literary brick: Bleak House by Charles Dickens

The brickmakers mentioned in Charles Dicken's Bleak House lead wretched lives. This is true to life, unfortunately. The work was seasonal in nature, which meant that most brickmakers were laid-off during the winter ensuring poverty. The online version of Bleak House is searchable, so it's easy to find the brick references. Chapter Eight gives a good description of the surrounds - wretched hovels in a brickfield ...

In the BBC's current sublime version of Bleak House, the Brickmaker and his wife Jenny have been seen in the first couple of episodes. Jenny had just lost her baby and her husband was aggressive and threatening.

1 comment:

Gabriele C. said...

Argh, why can't German TV buy some of those UK literature series, instead of Sex and the City? ;-)