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Going into Society is Dickens's story of a man who sets up a circus in a respectable neighborhood. The main attraction is a dwarf: ""He was a un-common small man, he really was. Certainly not so small as he was made out to be, but where IS your Dwarf as is?""
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Published April 20th 2008 (first published 1859)
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Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Working my way through all of Dickens' short stories.
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"The secret of this matter is, that it ain’t so much that a person goes into Society, as that Society goes into a person.”
Dec 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Strange tale although I suppose the lesson is clear. The "going into society" could only happen at that time if you were born into "society" I.e were of the appropriate bloodline or if you were sufficiently monied to mingle in "society". Circus people would not have fitted in, especially a dwarf. The dwarf's winnings however allow him to give it a go. Of course "easy come easy go". He is taken advantage of & rather predictably looses all & returns to the circus. The moral of the story wa ...more
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Another strange book. This is a story about a dwarf who belongs to the circus. One day, he happily wins a lottery that allows him to a prize of a large sum of money. He takes two other members of the circus with him only to discover, all too soon that his money did not last for as long as he liked.

In a way a sad but true story of the ways of people taking adantage of their fellow men.
Mar 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: british, 1850-1899
This is the first story that I finished without any clue. (it could have been the second if I had enough patience to go through all 680 pages of Ulysses.)
I have no idea what the story is about. Please tell me if anyone knows.
Really have no clue what this was about and why it is called a Christmas story. Well, I've read it and can forget all about it.
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Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and sho ...more
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