“Surmount This With A Loose Coil of Common-Coloured Hair”: Thomas Carlyle’s Description of Dickens
October 12, 2011 § 1 Comment
Imagine Charles Dickens. Got an image in your head? Now read this:
In a letter to his brother in 1840, Thomas Carlyle wrote:
“He is a fine little fellow, Boz, as I think; clear blue intelligent eyes, eyebrows that he arches amazingly, large protrusive rather loose mouth, –a face of most extreme mobility which he shuttles about, eyebrows, eyes, mouth and all, in a very singular manner while speaking; surmount this with a loose coil of common-coloured hari, and set it on a small compact fiure, very small, and dressed rather a la D’Orsay than well: this is Pickwick; for the rest a quiet shrewd-looking little fellow, who seems to guess pretty well what he is, and what others are.”
Do the two images match?