Not that I want tO read the book that way, but it can be read that way. He allows it To be read that way, deliberately
Just after talking about wanking, can't be a coincidence.I put dissensus down 5 minutes ago and picked up bleak house and after 2vor 3 pages I get this sentence, which seems an odd bit of coincidence, given whats being discussed in the other thread!
"Every Tuesday evening there was lemonade and a mixed biscuit, for all those who chose to partake of those refreshments. And there was science to an unlimited extent."
I wasn't gonna bother posting it, but then the Tuesday evening bit really made me sit up.
Could this shadow be the tension between comedy and tragedy? In DC he’s primarily comic - the bad are punished, the good triumph (if a little bashed about a bit) and marriages are successful. In the shadow text - childhood sweethearts don’t marry the hero, the feckless are punished, Australia isn’t a land of second chances but certain death, strange aunts are bitter not indulgent...as I pointed out before - this is Great Expectations which has comic moments -Pumblechook etc but is altogether more serious.Shadow Dickens