The basin fell to the ground broken, and the water flowed to the feet of Madame Defarge. By strange stern ways, and through much staining blood, those feet had come to meet that water.

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: British

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The privileges of the side-table included the small prerogatives of sitting next to the toast, and taking two cups of tea to other people's one.

It would be impossible to get on anywhere, in America, without a rocking-chair.

And he had never yet, by so much as a single spoken word, disclosed to her the state of his heart.

A prophetic private in the Life Guards had heralded the sublime appearance by announcing that arrangements were made for the swallowing up of London and Westminster. Even the Cock-lane ghost had been laid only a round dozen of years, after.

I do not know the American gentleman, God forgive me for putting two such words together.

Morning made a considerable difference in my general prospects of Life and brightened it so much that is scarcely seemed the same.

My advice is, never do to-morrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him!

It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when the Great Creator was a child himself.

Martin took the same course, thinking as he went, that perhaps the free and independent citizens, who in their moral elevation, owned the colonel for their master, might render better homage to the goddess, Liberty, in nightly dreams upon the oven of a Russian Serf.

But that Woodman and that Farmer, though they work unceasingly, work silently, and no one heard them as they went about with muffled tread: the rather, forasmuch as to entertain any suspicion that they were awake, was to be atheistical and traitorous.

It was as true," said Mr. Barkis, " as turnips is. It was as true," said Mr. Barkis, nodding his nightcap, which was his only means of emphasis, " as taxes is.

Marley's Ghost bothered him exceedingly.

Joe's blue eyes turned a little watery; he rubbed first one of them, and then the other, in a most uncongenial and uncomfortable manner, with the round knob on the top of the poker.

I'm a devil at a quick mistake, and when I make one it takes the form of Lead.