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Of or reminiscent of the novels of Charles Dickens, especially in suggesting the poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters that they portray.‘the backstreets of Dickensian London’
- ‘I am in London, the city of Dickensian pickpockets, after all.’
- ‘He's a wonderfully large Dickensian character, offering low-key winks and smiles.’
- ‘At Greendale's chicken and egg factory, the employees' safety induction consisted of being told to read a training manual whose procedures bore absolutely no relation to the hazardous and Dickensian conditions on the shop floor.’
- ‘Do you recognize this Dickensian image of America?’
- ‘He said the reports were ‘shocking reading, with a catalogue of Dickensian conditions, overcrowding and completely inadequate facilities’.’
- ‘‘The prime minister will challenge the idea that Britain is some Dickensian society with no social protection,’ one Downing Street source yesterday.’
- ‘There have been several other real life Yorkshire folk put forward as the ‘originals’ of Dickensian characters.’
- ‘Scorsese recreates New York of 150 years ago, which looks and feels like a vintage, bleak Dickensian landscape, only more depressing.’
- ‘Then there were the wars and depressions, the material privations, Dickensian working conditions and relatively short life expectancies.’
- ‘This is not a romantic, Dickensian look at a saintly consumptive young woman.’
- ‘Duveen emerges as a character of almost Dickensian richness and idiosyncrasy.’
- ‘To read this book in today's Norway is to be awed by the stark class differences, strict sex roles, and Dickensian poverty that defined Norwegian society only a little over a century ago.’
- ‘It doesn't mean that they are snarling, Dickensian pantomime villains.’
- ‘In 2002, when French government inspectors examined the inner workings of the Paris Opera's highly prestigious school, they reported on a system of Dickensian severity that many knew of, but few spoke about.’
- ‘Composed with Dickensian vigour, it is a social comedy packaged with considerable charm.’
- ‘Later, Wolfe became a novelist himself, to show his peers how Dickensian social realism should be done.’
- ‘Jade handed Twigg a dossier of the Dickensian conditions, including a flooded library, mouldy walls, and twisted and broken window frames.’
- ‘The workers sit at desks in long, Dickensian school rooms listening to novels read aloud from a dais.’
- ‘My even stronger suspicion is that the better established model of social-problem novel, in the Dickensian tradition, is still alive and kicking.’
- ‘She was taken to an orphanage with Dickensian conditions, where children were cleaned and fed but given no love or affection.’
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