And here we are again. Today, I’m coming at you with a quote from the book I finally finished last Monday: Dickens’ Pickwick Papers. It took me a while to get through this novel, not because I didn’t enjoy it because I did, but rather because it was extremely long (950 pages, and pretty significant pages they were). I’m not planning to write a review yet but if you’re interested in reading my thoughts on it, I’ll be pleased to do it, just let me know in the comments below. Now, on to the quotation:
“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast. Some men, like bats or owls, have better eyes for the darkness than the light; we, who have no such optical powers, are better pleased to take our last parting look at the visionary companions of many solitary hours, when the brief sunshine of the world is blazing full upon them.” Charles Dickens – The Pickwick Papers
First, let’s addressed the beautiful hair of young Dickens here: so voluminous! And this distant gaze: reminiscent of the true Romantic poet. Ok, I’m done now.
In terms of content, this quotation has a similar message to last week’s: the importance of having a positive outlook on life. The hero of the novel Mr. Pickwick is a perfect example of someone who does not let misadventures take the best of him. He is always ready to help others see life in a positive light and as he does so, he ultimately leads the reader to adopt a similar vision. In the world, you will encounter numerous people who are solely focused on the negative; they complain constantly and are unable to put things into perspectives. In this quotation, Dickens seems to say that it is harder to concentrate on the dark; it requires particular “optical powers.” Therefore, why not attempt to rejoice in what is given to us.