By Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens takes us to the yr 1775, the place England and France are present process a interval of social upheaval and turmoil.
The forces which are resulting in revolution in France are colliding with a circle of individuals in England, inflicting their destinies to be irrevocably intertwined.
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And at that time the pale, worn, patient face was seen looking up at the sky, with the broken right hand lying bare on the outside of the covering garments, as if waiting to be taken by another hand. They gave him drink, moistened his face with water, and administered some drops of cordials and wine. ’’ (Hard Times, p. 206) Benjamin similarly locates his isolated novel reader ‘‘under the open sky in a countryside in which nothing remained unchanged but the clouds’’ (Benjamin, ‘‘The Storyteller,’’ p.
Yet the definition of literacy was simultaneously restrictive enough that many or most working-class English people would never be able to count as fully literate: to speak with a regional accent, for example, or to use one’s education for radical ends, potentially labeled one as illiterate. The figure of the speaking worker marked, then, a point where two competing or contradictory concepts of literacy collided. An illiterate worker’s speech offered the promise of future education, the possibility of improvement, and even the liberal utopia of a fully educated, middle-class England.
In a manner that has since become familiar, Carlyle’s valorization of a hitherto occulted and suppressed speech permits a fantasy of a sovereign language that must be obeyed: ‘‘The world has to obey him who thinks and sees in the world . . It, the new Truth, new deeper revealing of the Secret of this Universe, is verily of the nature of a message from on high; and must and will have itself obeyed’’ (On Heroes, pp. 165–6). Such sovereign language heals the community, induces unanimity, and restores the damaged individual body to wholeness.
A Tale of Two Cities: A Story of the French Revolution by Charles Dickens