What the Dickens?

by Beth Garbitelli

To celebrate Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, there was a little shindig on the 5th floor of Lauinger Library earlier today. For someone who has a contentious relationship with the author in question, it was not the most riveting, but it did have a post-event Victorian themed snack selection. Also, there was an open bar featuring several wines and a traditional English punch.

They served a tasty Welsh Rarebit (think cheese dip with a hint of tangy beer) and a buttermilk cake. The menu also had some cringeworthy names – “A Tale of Traditional Tea Sandwiches”? “creamy Hard Times Herbed Dip”?

Best moment of the event? A certain professor admitted in a speech that during her college year she and her classmates had referred to A Tale of Two Cities as A Sale of Two T******!

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Happy Birthday Charles Dickens

In honor of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, 4E presents some of his musings on Georgetown.

“At George Town, in the suburbs, there is a Jesuit College; delightfully situated, and, so far as I had an opportunity of seeing, well-managed. Many persons who are not members of the Romish Church, avail themselves, I believe, of the institutions and of the advantageous opportunities they afford for the education of their children. The heights in this neighborhood, above the Potomac River, are very picturesque; and are free, I should conceive, from some of the insalubrities of Washington. The air, at that elevation, was quite cool and refreshing,when in the city it was burning hot.”

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