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Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 29 Dec 2011 18:54:51 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

	Very much to the point at hand, Ruth Richardson
<[log in to unmask]> reminds us of a famous poem written by one of
Dickens's good friends, Thomas Hood:			(pjm)

And... we must not forget that "The Song of the Shirt appeared in
December 1843... so Dickens's mention of the eye problems of poor
needlewomen was very topical.

Best - Ruth R
Ruth Richardson replies to this post:

      Friends of the Dickens Forum,

             Catherine Carter <[log in to unmask]> has
      an addendum to
      the present enlightening discussion:
      As a women of the working poor, Mrs Crachit was probably
      never without
      sewing to hand, even if she wasn't making things for pay.
       In the absence
      of a cheap, ready-made quality clothing, the poor wore
      either home-made
      clothes or the second-hand clothes Dickens wrote about so
      which would of course require repair and alteration.

      Catherine Carter