A Dickens of a Walk: Day 5 in London

The weather and the environment cooperated today (not a woodchipper in sight) and we were able to meet in Russell Square for our morning class. After our class and a brief break for lunch, we headed over to the “Temple” tube stop to meet our guide, David Tucker, for a walking tour entitled “Charles Dickens’s London”.  David helped us to picture what London was like while Charles Dickens was alive and also provided a detailed history of the city.  Over the three-hour tour we saw many examples of Victorian and pre-Victorian architecture and David pointed out several of the sites mentioned in “Great Expectations”. 

Below are some pictures from our morning class and from our walking tour with David. You will see images from many of the sites we visited, including Somerset House, St. Mary le Strand Church (where Charles Dickens’s parents were married) and the Inns of Court at Temple (one of the main legal districts in London). You can click on the pictures for a full size image.

Tonight the students will continue to refine and focus their thesis ideas and will have to opportunity to work on a cognitive map characterizing the relationships between characters in “Great Expectations”. We will also take any students who want to go to see Westminster Abbey and some other London sites while they are lit up for the evening (the buildings, not the students).

Inspired by all of the Dickens sites and scenery that we saw today, Dr. Saraceno and Dr. Firenze decided to recreate a scene from the Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol”. After they had a brief but bitter argument about who would play Jacob Marley, Dr. Musa suggested that they take turns. I think the reader would agree that Dr. Saraceno’s portrayal of Marley comes across as aggressive and angry, while Dr. Firenze’s  interpretation of the unhappy ghost seems to rely more heavily on emoting indigestion.  God bless us, everyone.

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~ by Dr. Musa on May 27, 2011.

One Response to “A Dickens of a Walk: Day 5 in London”

  1. After seeing Dr. Firenze’s and Dr. Saraceno’s portrayal of Jacob Marley, perhaps the end of the world is a good thing.

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