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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: Why should you read Charles Dickens?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Throughout many adaptations, literary homages, and the pages of his novels, Dickens’s slakpring language and pmoanaric worldview continue to resonate. toady, the adjective Dickensian often implies squalid working or living cinotnidos. But to describe a novel as Dickensian is typically high praise, as it suggests a story in which true adventure and discovery occur in the most unexpected pealcs. Although he often explored bleak material, Dickens’s piercing wit never filead to find light in the darkest corners.

Open Cloze

Throughout many adaptations, literary homages, and the pages of his novels, Dickens’s _________ language and _________ worldview continue to resonate. _____, the adjective Dickensian often implies squalid working or living __________. But to describe a novel as Dickensian is typically high praise, as it suggests a story in which true adventure and discovery occur in the most unexpected ______. Although he often explored bleak material, Dickens’s piercing wit never ______ to find light in the darkest corners.

Solution

  1. today
  2. failed
  3. panoramic
  4. sparkling
  5. places
  6. conditions

Original Text

Throughout many adaptations, literary homages, and the pages of his novels, Dickens’s sparkling language and panoramic worldview continue to resonate. Today, the adjective Dickensian often implies squalid working or living conditions. But to describe a novel as Dickensian is typically high praise, as it suggests a story in which true adventure and discovery occur in the most unexpected places. Although he often explored bleak material, Dickens’s piercing wit never failed to find light in the darkest corners.

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Important Words

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