Lewd Dickens: The Filthiest Quotes From Classic Literature

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Lewd Dickens: The Filthiest Quotes From Classic Literature

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Was Charles Dickens the smuttiest writer of all time? On the face of it, the much-loved author would seem to be the ultimate purveyor of family-friendly literature. But if you read his novels with a 21st Century eye for the perverse then you begin to see all kinds of filth. Or maybe words have shifted meaning somewhat in the past 150 years.

"'What, old Nobs!' ejaculated the son. And they shook hands heartily." - Pickwick Papers, Chapter 27.

"The jackal then invigorated himself with a bum for his throttle." - A Tale of Two Cities, Chapter 5.

"Tom had sat upon the bed, swinging one leg and sucking his walking-stick with sufficient unconcern." - Hard Times, Chapter 6.

"Mr. Jasper broke silence by declaring that he placed his whole reliance, humanly speaking, on Mr. Sapsea's penetration." - The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Chapter 15.

"Mr Brass's ejaculations died away in the distance (for he continued to pour them out, all the way down stairs)." - The Old Curiosity Shop, Chapter 48.

"When the throbbing I had seen before, came into it as I looked at her, she absolutely lifted up her hand, and struck it." - David Copperfield, Chapter 32.

See also: The Lewd Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Last Updated 22 November 2017

cobo04

Suppose does with the name - Charles DICKens??

pfog

Genius! Did anyone catch "Dickens Unplugged" when it was in town? Reducing a Dickens novel to a haiku sounds ridiculous but it worked. And fistulae have never been so funny.

'Bawdy bard' for the next lot, perhaps?

Kate

I did my degree in English and in a Dickens essay I wrote I made the point that "Master Bates" (character in Oliver Twist) was intentionally smutty... my tutor disagreed.

christopherwest

How dare you cast such aspersions on my close and dear friend Dickens! Nevertheless, numerous notables have been fascinated by homoerotic suggestions and the number of boys who feature in his writing. It can be argued that few of his characters lead fulfilling, conventional sexual lives, and his own marriage ended in disaster, despite the ten children etc. It is a matter of record that he had been besotted with his wife's younger sister (or more)? So yes,he probably did enjoy a fair bit of the 'old lascivious' while knocking back the laudanum- and why not Sirs?

christopherwest

While I'm at it, I would love to twist the Dickens out of the smutty git who commented on my Londonist / flickr photo of my nearly famous pose on 'Will' in St Katharine's Dock. 'Dickens goes down on Wills'indeed, whatever next?
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Randall Davies

Interestingly enough, I once passed a gold plaque in Edinburgh bearing the words:"Society of Master Bakers"

Randall Davies

Interestingly enough, I once passed a gold plaque in Edinburgh bearing the words:"Society of Master Bakers"