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London: , Issue without plate. Binder's blanks at rear of volume. Some scuffing to binding leather. A play written by Dickens', ca , for his good friend Macready, though not performed at the time, with the story eventually being reworked by Dickens for inclusion in the 'Pic-Nic Papers,' .
Limited to cc, this No. Original grey printed wrappers. Faint foxing to wrappers. A play written for Dickens' good friend Macready circa , though not performed at the time, with the story eventually being reworked by Dickens for inclusion in the 'Pic-Nic Papers,' . San Francisco: , Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve.
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Eric T. Moore Books Professional seller. Antiquariaat Spinoza Professional seller. Printed wrappers. These men, like La Fayette, have become mere icons that a state without an established church has elevated to the status of prophets without remembering what they stood for. Dickens feels that their vision of a democratic state may still be realized, if the current generation address themselves to reform and renewal, as he suggests in Martin's image of the American eagle as a phoenix at the close of the American numbers. The anticlimax of "Scadder" after the grandiloquent. Old Testament name "Zephaniah" merely underscores how far below that ideal the present generation of tobacco-chewing, land-swindling, pistol-packing Americans as exemplified by Hannibal Chollop have fallen.
Zephaniah, one of twelve minor prophets, authored one of the shortest books of the Old Testament in the seventh century B.
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Possibly Dickens had in mind the second and third verses of Zephaniah which repeat the notion of "consuming" both man and beast "and the fishes of the sea" and the violence and fraud that permeate Judean society verse 9 and will bring upon it God's wrath, unless Judah repents its pride and selfishness. The people of Judah, like the citizens of the American republic, "have invented a world from which they think God's rule and action are totally absent" Achtemeier As for Scadder's city of Eden, the first verse of the third chapter, "Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!
The name "Zephaniah" is ironically emblematic in that the man who possesses it is precisely what the biblical prophet complained of: a false prophet luring the naive with the promise of illusory profit. The name is complemented by his being described as if he were a crane, heron, or stork "hatching his foot" ; ch. At dinner, Congressman Pogram also behaves like a bird, "snapping up great blocks of everything he could get hold of, like a raven" ; ch. Some of the American names are quite clearly intended to sound ridiculous and convey Dickens's patronizing contempt for such naturals as La Fayette Kettle and General Cyrus Choke.
Podsnap would put it, not English. As has already been noted, these names convey the characteristic antithesis, the names of the valiant young French marquis who joined the Americans in their War of Independence and of the ancient Mede who founded the Persian Empire in the sixth century B. Ginery Dunkle , and "Eden" are a piece of that same egotism that claims names with ancient and honorable associations with the giants of history for people and places utterly unworthy of names so grand.
follow url This sinking effect is well illustrated by the name of a steamboat, "the 'Esau Slodge;' named after one of the most remarkable men in the country, who had been very eminent somewhere" ; ch. The vessel's "high-pressure snorting" admirably evokes the uncouth, animalistic brother of Jacob. Esau, whose name signified "red" and "hairy," sold his birthright for a mess of pottage Genesis , placing emphasis on present comfort without thought for the future. That Esau's stuffed himself in Hebrew the verb "Esau" means 'to stuff an animal with food' links the steam-powered boat with the name of a living American to all those remarkable men who inhaled their meals at Pawkins's and the National Hotel.
The very sound of "Slodge" deflates the Old Testament moral superiority of the Christian name. Two final American originals whose names bear more than passing examination Martin encounters as he is in the act of fleeing the New World for the old. Hominy and her fellow Literary Ladies, Mrs. Codger 'mindless old person' and Mrs. Nonconformist formalist; a religious humbug" In America, however, where the state and its symbols, appurtenances, and institutions have become a surrogate religion, the Congressman has carried his peculiar brand of humbug from the domestic sphere where, as Dickens shows with Pecksniff, it can do some damage privately to the public, where its opportunities for cant, hypocrisy, and self-interest are legion.
After the particular appropriateness of "Zephaniah" for "Scadder," one may be sure that Dickens chose "Elijah" as the Congressman's Christian name for more than its sonority. This is the American legislator renowned for his "Pogram Defiance," the enemy of despotism who travels about "those free United States" sampling public opinion.
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As a demagogue in a representative democracy, Pogram must conduct such periodic fieldtrips in order to be certain of the current popular prejudices he should reflect at the next sitting of the House. Again, Dickens employs the Old Testament prophet as a direct anti thesis to the American who has assumed his name, if not his mantle, in the cause of Republican virtue. The name of the prophet of First Kings derives from the Hebrew "El" height , and Martin first beholds Pogram with his feet elevated, "as if he were looking at the prospect with his ankles" ; ch.
He is, in fact, the biblical Elijah inverted. The American Elijah supports the forces of barbarity and violence and the worshippers of Baal in the person of Hannibal Chollop rather than confutes them. Whereas the biblical figure journeyed across Sinai to Horeb and thence to Beersheba in order to avoid the repression of government, the American Elijah employs his trip to sound public opinion and contribute to the ignorance of government. His chariot of fire is a steamboat, and the three whom he appoints to office are the Transcendental and nonsensical Literary Ladies who repeat the satire implicit in Mrs.
Jefferson Brick earlier. The chief of these is Mrs. Hominy, a vehicle for Dickens's "mockery of cultural pretension in literature But there is more to these Literary Ladies than mere foolery. After an initially unfriendly reception by a Phoenician widow at Sarepta, the biblical Elijah had revived the woman's son from a coma, moving her to acclaim the prophet's special powers. The comic antitype to the widow of Sarepta is the "Mother of the modern Gracchi," who chides Pogram on a recent vote before forgiving him.
Although Partridge gives "homoney" as meaning "a wife" and she is introduced to Martin as "the lady of Major Hominy," Mrs. Hominy probably derives her name from maize Indian corn that has been hulled, ground, and boiled so as to swell up. Certainly her own conception of herself as the "Mother of the modern Gracchi" the reforming brothers of the Roman republic attests to her swell-headed condition. She is, like the dish, more or less coarsely prepared. A secondary source for her name may be "homily" — a converse, discourse, or sermon delivered to a congregation. However, in a country that has separated church and state, the substance of her "rigid catechism" is political rather than religious.
The association of the Greek root of "homily" with throng, crowd, band, or troop recalls the matriarch's entering the room "in a procession of one.