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ginger nut

Overview page. Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

In the eighteenth century, sweet ginger-flavoured biscuits were known as gingerbread nuts (‘We beg the receipt of your gingerbread nuts,’ wrote Joseph Jekyll in a letter dated 1775). Around...

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George Hogarth

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century).

Dickens's parents-in-law. George trained as a lawyer in Edinburgh. An amateur violoncellist and composer, he also gained a reputation as a music critic. In 1814 he married Georgina Thomson,...

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The Pleasures of Memory, Part II

Sarah Winter.

in The Pleasures of Memory

June 2011; p ublished online January 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 20862 words.

This chapter begins by investigating Dickens's creation of narrative plots around the functions of the associative memory in Sketches by Boz and Nicholas Nickleby. Focusing in turn on Olive...

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Not large; in figurative use, trivial, unimportant.

small beer a thing that is considered unimportant, from an archaic term for weak beer. The figurative use may originally have...

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