The furniture of their pockets…

Mar 28, 2014 | Things I wish I'd written

There are many pleasant fictions of the law in constant operation, but there is not one so pleasant or practically humorous as that which supposes every man to be of equal value in its impartial eye, and the benefits of all laws to be equally attainable by all men, without the smallest reference to the furniture of their pockets.

…Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickelby

It’s hard to believe that after so much time, I’m still in miraculous awe of Charles Dickens. Dude doesn’t get nearly enough props for the angle of his literary dangle.

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