Barnaby Rudge, and Edwin Drood (1875)Author: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870Subject: Gordon riots, 1780Language: EnglishPREFACE.As it IS Mr. Watertons opinion that ravens are graduallybecoming extinct in England, I offer a few words here aboutmine.MoreBarnaby Rudge, and Edwin Drood (1875)Author: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870Subject: Gordon riots, 1780Language: EnglishPREFACE.As it IS Mr.
Watertons opinion that ravens are graduallybecoming extinct in England, I offer a few words here aboutmine.The raven in this story is a compound of two great originals,of whom I have been, at different times, the proud possessor.The first was in the bloom of his youth, when he was discov-ered in a modest retirement in London, by a friend of mine,and given to me.
He had from the first, as Sir Hugh Evanssays of Anne Page, good gifts, which he improved by studyand attention in a most exemplary manner. He slept in astable — generally on horseback-*and so terrified a Newfound-land dog by his preternatural sagacity, that he has been known,by the mere superiority of his genius, to walk off unmolestedwith the dogs dinner, from before his face.
He was rapidlyrising in acquirements and virtues, when, in an evil hour, hisstable was newly painted. He observed the workmen closely,saw that they were careful of the paint, and immediately burnedto possess it. On their going to dinner, he ate up all they hadleft behind, consisting of a pound or two of white lead - andthis youthful indiscretion terminated in death.While I was yet inconsolable for his loss, another friend ofmine in Yorkshire discovered an older and more gifted raven ata village public-house, which he prevailed upon the landlord topart with for a consideration, and sent up to me.
The first actof this Sage, was to administer to the effects of his predecessor,by disinterring all the cheese and halfpence he had buried inthe garden — a work of immense labour and research, to whichhe devoted all the energies of his mind. When he had achievedthis task, he applied himself to the acquisition of stable lan-guage, in which he soon became such an adept, that he would...