When we fantasize about going back to Victorian times we usually picture ourselves as being rich: dressed in silken clothes, living in gorgeous houses, waited on head and foot. Of course for many Victorians life was one of heart-wrenching poverty. This fact was well-documented by Charles Dickens, the creator of David Copperfield and many other rags-to-riches characters. Dickens himself was taken out of school when his father went bankrupt. Little Charles, then twelve years old, had to live alone in a boarding house and work at Warren’s Blacking Factory, making polish for boots, until an unexpected inheritance allowed his father to regain social standing. Charles was then enrolled in Wellington House Academy; but his past was so bitter to him that he could never pass the Blacking Factory without crying, even after he became a famous author.

To those of his contemporaries who were not so fortunate, David Copperfield presents Very Dickensian Problems:

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Your Mother Was Right–You Should Have Married That Blacksmith

 

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17 Kids In The Family/0 Bathrooms

 

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“Grool” Is Not Just A Quote From “Mean Girls”

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There’s Nothing To Play With Except String

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You ARE The Maid

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