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A list of these and all other information will be ! members of the Sixth and elected solely by the Sixth Form, gladly supplied by the Hon. Sec., S. T. Fisher, Esq.,
and that visitors will only be admitted on producing a member's
ticket of admission. Pray Sir, who is responsible for these 4, Park Prospect, Little Queen-Street, Westminster, S.W."
alterations ? I am not aware that the Debating Society was consulted at all on so vital a subject. Apparently the change
has been effected entirely to please a few members of the Correspondence.
Sixth Form. Surely, Sir, you will not decline to insert this To the Editor of the Marlburian.
protest against the high handed injustice of a narrow clique ? SIR, -I have been instructed by the Committee of the
Yours, etc., Marlborough Nomads Football Club to request you to be good
SCHOOL MEMBER. enough to publish the following resolution passed at their last
[We insert our correspondent's letter, bnt decline to hold Meeting (held on the 23rd instant) :
ourselves responsible either for the sentiments or the “That the Committee having heard of the sudden death on
language in which they are conveyed.- Ed. M.] the 1st instant of their old friend and schoolfellow, Henry Stanhope Illingworth (since its foundation a member, and for
To the Editor of the Marlburian. many years the active and energetic Honorary Secretary of
Dear SIP,-A reference to Spartan History will show that the Club), desire to place on record their sincere sorrow at his
those hardy warriors in their youth lived on black broth. Sir, the early death and their keen appreciation of the benefit which New Zealander of the future, who will some day take his stand on the Club derived from his exertions."
the ruins of London Bridge, will read with amazement that the It may not be generally known that Stanhope Illingworth
School called Marlborough prospered for many years despite was one of the originators and the first Hon. Sec. of the now a most pernicious habit called in old days ‘Brewing.' He will no longer existing Marlborough Nomads Cricket Club, which,
see beyond a doubt that this degrading practice was the cause during his Secretaryship, was the most successful effort which of the ultimate ruin, which befell this once prosperous institu0.M's. have made at cricket.
tion. But seriously is there not enough good sense in MarlHe was a true lover of Marlborough, and the regret of the
borough to see that this custom tends to violate the "manly Committee will I am sure be shared by all the Members of
simplicity' of our School life. It is luxurious and unnecessary. the Club past and present and by other Old Marlburians to
Surely now the food in hall has been so much improved and whom my dear old friend was known.
will, as we hope, be some day even better in tea, it is ungrate: I remain, yours obediently,
ful to leave College fare untouched that in our private circles F. INNES CURREY,
we may enjoy a more luxurious repast. It seems to me that Grays Inn, London,
both work and games would fare much better if this pernicious January 25th, 1885.
habit were suffered gradually to die out. Rome was not built
in a day, nor do I suppose it possible to abolish such a popular To the Editor of the Marlburian.
institution at one blow. But suffice it for the present to call DEAR SIR,- Permit me through the medium of your columns
attention to the lengths it has run and try by exhortation to to call attention to the way hockey is played here. I think I
coerce it within the range of our sumptuary laws. “Sic Etruria have hardly seen a half-back hit the ball without having sticks
fortis crevit-Sic Marlburia.” -which it is sad to say are rarely or never called.
Yours, And of the new hockey sticks that I have seen, 5 out of 6
“NOLI SAGINARI." must be greatly over weight.
[We decline to be answerable for the opinions of our corresCould not this be remedied. Hard hitting in hockey ought pondent.-Ed. M.] to be quite rare, and confined to backs and half-backs.
Hockey if played as it should be is a very excellent game, but played as it is here, I am not surprised to hear it grumbled
Ex-Officio—President, H. Richardson, Esq. I am, yours etc.,
Treasurer, Rev. J. P. Way. “AN UPHOLDER OF HOCKEY."
Secretary, E. K. Chambers.
Elected-Rev. T. N. H. Smith. E. F. Benson. To the Editor of the Marlburian.
R. G. Durrant, Esq. E. Robertson. DEAR SIR, --Will you allow me to enter a protest in your This Society held its usual preliminary meeting columns against the recent action with regard to the debating on Thursday, January 29th. The President stated society. Hitherto this society has been a School institution
that various donations had been presented to the
Society, consisting of books, coins, beetles, skulls, and open freely to all members of the School who cared to
etc. Among these were some skulls from G. T. K. join. Many who have not wished to become members have
Maurice, O.M., a work on the Geology of Shropshire, yet found much pleasure in attending the debates as visitors.
and a valuable book on British coins. After criticising Now forsooth we are told that henceforth the Society will be
the work of the Society during the last year, he stated known as the Sixth Form Debating Society, that all who wish that a book had been provided to contain a collection to become members must be proposed and seconded by l of autographs. He also stated that an otter was
Natural History Society.
ten his troubles began. His father, who appears to There is hardly any other English author who
have resembled the immortal Micawber, moved to has won such world-wide reputation, and has at the
London. He was unsuccessful, was compelled to same time met with so much unfavourable criticism
become an inmate of the Marshalsea, while the as Charles Dickens. Englishmen and Englishwomen
unfortunate Charles was put into Messrs. Warren's are never tired of revelling in the mingled humour
blacking factory. The story of this part of his life
has been told and pathos of his writings; critics are never tired
in David Copperfield. He of pointing out the innumerable defects and faults
loathed his work and the company into which it threw that disfigure them as works of art.
It is our pur
him with a bitter loathing which he never forgot. pose in this short paper to attempt to point out
But it was during this terrible time that he became what are the qualities which have won him this
acquainted with the miseries of low life in London, universal love and admiration, and at the same time
which he afterwards depicted so faithfully. Mr. what are the deficiencies which cause his books to
Dickens' affairs amended after a time, and Charles fall so far below the ideal standard of novel writing.
was sent to school for two or three years. Then, It will be necessary to give a very brief sketch of after an interval, during which he was engaged as Dickens ' early life, because this bears in a peculiar a reporter for the daily press
, he began his brilliant manner upon the development of his genius. He
as an author with the Sketches by Box, was born in 1812, and from 1816 to 1821, lived with
published in the Evening Chronicle during 1834. his family in the military town of Chatham. Here
He first showed what he was really made of in he acquired a lasting affection for his home and the
The Pickwick Papers, which has always been one of neighbouring sleepy old town of Rochester, and the
his most popular works. This was followed by lanes and woods, and wide lonely marshes, which
Oliver Twist, his first attempt at a regularly conform such a conspicuous part of the scenery of that
structed novel, and by many others in quick part of Kent. Again and again he recurs in his
succession. novels to the home of his childhood, especially in
Dickens is essentially a novelist of the middle and Pickwick, and in Great Expectations. At the age of
lower classes ;
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There is hardly any other English author who has won such world-wide reputation, and has at the same time met with so much unfavourable criticism as Charles Dickens. Englishmen and Englishwomen are never tired of revelling in the mingled humour and pathos of his writings; critics are never tired
pointing out the innumerable defects and faults that disfigure them as works of art.
It is our purpose in this short paper to attempt to point out what are the qualities which have won him this universal love and admiration, and at the same time what are the deficiencies which cause his books to fall so far below the ideal standard of novel writing.
It will be necessary to give a very brief sketch of Dickens' early life, because this bears in a peculiar manner upon the development of his genius. He was born in 1812, and from 1816 to 1821, lived with his family in the military town of Chatham. Here he acquired a lasting affection for his home and the neighbouring sleepy old town of Rochester, and the lanes and woods, and wide lonely marshes, which form such a conspicuous part of the scenery of that part of Kent. Again and again he recurs in his novels to the home of his childhood, especially in Pickwick, and in Great Expectations. At the age of
ten his troubles began. His father, who appears to have resembled the immortal Micawber, moved to London. He was unsuccessful, was compelled to become an inmate of the Marshalsea, while the unfortunate Charles was put into Messrs. Warren's blacking factory. The story of this part of his life has been told in David Copperfield. He loathed his work and the company into which it threw him with a bitter loathing which he never forgot. But it was during this terrible time that he became acquainted with the miseries of low life in London, which he afterwards depicted so faithfully. Mr. Dickens' affairs amended after a time, and Charles was sent to school for two or three years. Then, after an interval, during which he was engaged as a reporter for the daily press, he began his brilliant
as an author with the Sketches by Box, published in the Evening Chronicle during 1834.
He first showed what he was really made of in The Pickwick Papers, which has always been one of his most popular works. This was followed by Oliver Twist, his first attempt at a regularly constructed novel, and by many others in quick succession.
Dickens is essentially a novelist of the middle and lower classes ; in this fact lies the source both of
his strength and his weakness. He has painted | ble as are his characters, numbers of them are to us with a master's brush, the sin and misery, the joys ll as to him real living beings. In spite of the exag. and sorrows of the vast masses which inhabit our gerated way in which they are drawn, we can great towns. Himself one of the people, he wrote scarcely conceive of them as being mere figments of of the people and for the people. His great aim the artist's brain. Many of them are become housewas to depict the struggle of what is natural in hold words among us; Sam Weller, Mrs. Gamp, man with what is artificial and conventional. He Pecksniff, Dick Swiveller The Marchioness will finds nature in all sorts of unexpected places, often live as long as the English language lives. Sam mingled with much that is evil and repulsive. He Weller and his father serve as admirable illustra. finds it in little Nell, moving in her childish inno tions of Dickens' peculiar type of broad vigorous cence unharmed through the sin and coarseness that humour, often with a strong farcical element in it. surround her on every side; he finds it again, Dickens' imagination was very powerful, often almost crushed out by drink and brutality, in the indeed it carried him to lengths which to us appear poor drab, whose faithful love for Bill Sikes is fanciful. When a villain, a Jonas Chuzzlewit or a requited by cruelty such as we shudder to read of, Bill Sikes is about his deeds of darkness, the very or in the unhappy drudge of a Yorkshire school, or rain and wind seem to fall in with his mood, and in countless other beings whose lives have been every passing event appears to allude to what is in spent under the most baneful influences. In the his mind. At such momentous crises this is same spirit Dickens strove against every form of very well, and serves to keep up the interest, bat oppression; against the poor laws in Oliver Twist, when the same style of writing is used in the de. against circumlocution and red tapeism in Little scription of mere common-place events, such as Tom Dorrit; and many are the now happily obsolete Pinch's journey to London on a stage-coach, it characters, such as Mr. Squeers and Mrs. Gamp, cannot but be a little forced and unnaturalwhose extinction is in great part due to the liberrima Another remarkable trait in Dickens is his pathos. indignatio of this powerful writer and earnest At times, it is true, this is a little maudlin, just as reformer. Are we then to class Dickens with that his humour is at times a little broad or far-fetched, school of French novelists who consistently repre yet there is often a very genuine ring about it. sent all that is good in men as being in perpetual Great as were Dickens' talents and much as we conflict with the ordinances of society ? Surely he must admire his genius, yet it cannot be denied that has very little in common with these ? The answer for us of the 'superior social section,' who lay some is not far to seek. One of the strongest of our perhaps not unjust claim to the 'finer sense of the national characteristics has always been what Mr. city,' there is something in which he seems to fall Arnold calls the "sentiment of conduct. This is short of our standards. We cannot impute it to our great safeguard against those offences against him as a fault; doubtless it was the natural result social order and decorum which are so frequent in of the circumstances of his up-bringing, and if this writers of this school. This sentiment Dickens had been otherwise, much of his special force might possessed in a very high degree. He is indeed a have been lost. Yet the fact remains that he is very typical Englishman. A strong element in his entirely out of sympathy with the intellectual and nature was that innate conservatism which is often artistic interests which form so large a part of to be found in many who are to the world radicals, modern life, that he is, in a word, an utter Philistine. such as he was. Never is he more at home, than Viewed by our criteria there is much in him which when describing the festivities of a real old English
is altogether untrue and unnatural. His humorous Christmas ; again, he obviously looks with a tender characters are painfully exaggerated, he labels the regret on the days of postboys and coaches, of with a few distinctive phrases, very amusing, very ostlers and bagmen, which the march of modern humorous, but recurring again and again almost civilisation has swept away.
ad nauseam. All his men and women are so oneThe two qualities most strongly developed in sided; they are mere embodiments of one single Dickens are an extremely vivid imagination and a idea ; there is no light and shade in them; Mark - somewhat loud and rollicking humour. Innumera. | Tapley asserts his jo!liness' in every so