Friends of the Dickens Forum,
Almost simultaneously, two Dickns-ellers directed our attention to the
same passage in *Martin Chuzzlewit* which appears to be a prominent
knot on a thread. The first is Grahame Smith <[log in to unmask]>
and the second, Julie Stielstra <[log in to unmask]>. The latter has
provided us with the complete passage they both point to: (pjm)
> Dickens was not above what must be a deliberate sexual joke, as suggested
> by the following passage from *Martin Chuzzlewit*, regarding the poor
> church organist Tom Pinch and his crush on Miss Mary Graham:
> It must be acknowledged that, asleep or awake, Tom's position in reference
> to this young lady was full of uneasiness. The more he saw of her, the more
> he admired her beauty, her intelligence, the amiable qualities that even
> won on the divided house of Pecksniff, and in a few days restored, at all
> events, the semblance of harmony and kindness between the angry sisters.
> When she spoke, Tom held his breath, so eagerly he listened; when she sang,
> he sat like one entranced. She touched his organ, and from that bright
> epoch even it, the old companion of his happiest hours, incapable as he had
> thought of elevation, began a new and deified existence.
> This is too sly to be anything "subconsciously Freudian," surely?
> Julie Stielstra
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