Reading in Brighton
Speech given before a matinée reading of 'Little Dombey' (13 November 1858).
Brighton Gazette (18 November 1858).
Dickens, Charles. 'Reading in Brighton' (13 November 1858). Dickens Search. Eds. Emily Bell and Lydia Craig. Accessed [date]. https://dickenssearch.com/speeches/1858-11-13_Speech_Reading_in_Brighton.
‘Mr. Dickens, in commencing, expressed a hope that his audience would speedily forget the cold light of day and lose themselves with him amidst those childish footsteps, trusting that they would laugh if they thought proper, or cry if they thought proper, as nothing could give him greater pleasure than to see them do so unconstrainedly.’
Dickens, Charles, “Reading in Brighton,” Dickens Search, accessed March 27, 2023, https://dickenssearch.com/speeches/1858-11-13_Speech_Reading_in_Brighton.