I have begun to read The Old Curisoity Shop. I always have to slow down a bit to read Dickens. My first question is - who is the 'I' character in the book?
But Dickens then removes him anyway, and does the 19th Century ominscient author - nothing surprising about that - it's just no longer fashionable, I guess.
Quilp is even more obnoxious in the book than he was in the TV adaptation - his treatment of Mrs Quilp in particular. I am unsure how she got herself into the invidious position.