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I finished Barnaby Rudge (by Charles Dickens) today. A very enjoyable read. Not as full of characters as some of his other novels, it feels rather lean and simplified. It does have, essentially, three different plot lines which don't exactly get fully tied-up, but I certainly liked reading it.
I only have three of his novels left to read (I've read all the grey ones).
- Dombey and Son (1.95)
- David Copperfield (1.91)
- Bleak House (1.91)
- Nicholas Nickleby (1.86)
- Martin Chuzzlewit (1.85)
- Little Dorrit (1.85)
- Our Mutual Friend (1.83)
- Pickwick Papers (1.72)
- Barnaby Rudge (1.41)
- The Old Curiosity Shop (1.19)
- Great Expectations (1.01)
- Oliver Twist (0.91)
- A Tale of Two Cities (0.78)
- Hard Times (0.58)
The numbers are proportional to the length of the book (they should be
approximately the number of characters in the novel, in millions).
From Barnaby Rudge, by Charles Dickens:
Barnaby's enjoyments were, to walk,
till he was tired;
then to lie down
in the long grass,
by the growing corn,
in the shade of some tall tree,
looking upward at the light clouds as they
floated over the blue surface of the sky,
and listening to the lark
as she poured out her brilliant song.
There were wild-flowers to pluck—
the bright red poppy,
the gentle harebell,
There were birds to watch;
hares or rabbits,
as they darted across the distant pathway in the wood and so were gone:
millions of living things to have an interest in,
lie in wait for,
shout in memory of,
when they had disappeared.
I made a contact mic recently, and have been playing around with it.
Here is a dangling slinky:
Here is a 2 by 3 foot sheets of steel: