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Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 1 Dec 2016 13:58:25 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

     Julian Crowe <[log in to unmask]>  adds to the purposes to which 
Dickens puts
wills.  He sees will as both powerful and powerless.                     

Yes, wills in Dickens represent the power of the past to bind the present.
> But as with all his most powerful symbols, Dickens, the great opportunist,
> returns again and again to the matter of wills, offering different accounts
> of what they mean.  For instance, there's the fragility of human attempts
> to influence the future that we see in the ease with which a will, a mere
> bit of paper, can be suppressed, like Gilbert Clennam's codicil.  Making a
> will can be a positive thing, part of our responsibility to set our affairs
> in order, which Mr Spenlow so spectacularly fails to do. Dickens is
> fascinated by the power, and powerlessness, of words on paper to control
> our lives, for good or ill.
> All the best
> Julian Crowe