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Barnaby Rudge 80s Riots - Charles Dickens

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BARNABY RUDGE - A TALE OF THE RIOTS OF 'EIGHTY

by

Charles Dickens



PREFACE


The late Mr Waterton having, some time ago, expressed his opinion 
that ravens are gradually becoming extinct in England, I offered 
the few following words about my experience of these birds.

The raven in this story is a compound of two great originals, of 
whom I was, at different times, the proud possessor.  The first was 
in the bloom of his youth, when he was discovered in a modest 
retirement in London, by a friend of mine, and given to me.  He had 
from the first, as Sir Hugh Evans says of Anne Page, 'good gifts', 
which he improved by study and attention in a most exemplary 
manner.  He slept in a stable--generally on horseback--and so 
terrified a Newfoundland dog by his preternatural sagacity, that he 
has been known, by the mere superiority of his genius, to walk off 
unmolested with the dog's dinner, from before his face.  He was 
rapidly rising in acquirements and virtues, when, in an evil hour, 
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