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Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 4 Jan 2010 11:19:20 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

	Herb Moskowitz had come across the following quote, "There is
nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate."
Doubting it was written by Dickens, he googled the quote and found it
cited many times and attributed to the Inimitable. He asked us whether
anyone knows the source of the quote.

	John Gordon, Harry Kachline, and David Parker responded promptly
and with some panache:

A>  John Gordon <[log in to unmask]>:

Without exception, "chocolate" for Dickens always signifies a drink of
hot chocolate, and, also without exception,  it is always an attendant
emblem of the antiquated and superfluous upper class.

John Gordon
Connecticut College

B> Harry Kachline <[log in to unmask]>:

http://www.quotegarden.com/desserts.html, among the 662,000 hits, shows it
as being from *The Pickwick Papers*. So, cheating, I looked at the Project
Gutenberg e-text and there is no mention of chocolate at all, and only five
mentions of 'good friend'.


C> David Parker <[log in to unmask]>:

I'm willing to bet this is not a quotation from Dickens -- and yes, to be
proved wrong. Chocolate was scarcely developed as a brand of confectionery
during his lifetime. It was consumed chiefly as a drink. See the description
of the preparation of Monseigneur's chocolate in TTC. Dickens, moreover,
didn't have a sweet tooth. Scarcely any of his writing revelling in the
glories of food relates to sweetmeats. Savoury food was what he delighted

It would be interesting to hear from John Drew and his doughty team working
on HW and AYR.  What do they have to say, if anything, on the subject of

David Parker