Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dickens at My House

"The very dogs were all asleep, and the flies, drunk with moist sugar in the grocer's shop, forgot their wings and briskness, and baked to death in dusty corners of the window."
--Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop 

Forget tinyurl! Bring in Dickensurl! This site will take a long, ugly url and replace it with a Dickens quote, much like tinyurl will replace a long url with a short one.

H sent me the above lovely quote from Dickens, saying that this was what came up when he plugged in my blog url. Seems somehow appropriate, although I'm not quite sure why or how.

Perhaps it's the universe speaking to me, trying to tell me something ... saying my home is like the grocer's shop. That would actually be appropriate, since goodness knows there are plenty of dead flies stuck in the dusty corners of our windows (along with a bunch of dirt too), and we have three old dogs (and one old cat) that lie around all day sleeping. The only thing that doesn't quite fit is the moist sugar, since anything having to do with sugar gets eaten pretty quickly around here. 

And you could hardly call our kitchen a grocer's shop, since we're always scrounging for something to eat. Let's just say that cooking and grocery shopping aren't at the top of my priority list.

So maybe the quote doesn't fit after all, except for maybe the sleeping dogs ... and the dead flies ... and the dirty windows. Ah well, I guess dead flies are better than live ones.


  1. Oooh! I love mine! Here it is:
    "I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies!"
    From Bleak House

    Yes, at least live flies don't try to eat your sandwich.

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  3. You gals are lucky, mine is:
    "Oh gracious, why wasn't I born old and ugly?"
    From Barnaby Rudge

    And who or what on earth is Barnaby Rudge?!! Not on my Dickens repertoire for sure.

  4. He spoke with a certain whatsit in his voice, and I could see that, if not disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled, so I tactfully changed the subject. --P.G.wodehouse (I can't seem to forget some of his stuff. brilliant, idiomatically, and played with words all the time...)

  5. Oh, now I get what you were all doing :).