Mildred Newcomb: The Imagined World of Charles Dickens

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At all times the river flows fast as it ap­proach­es the sea, but it flows fastest when the tide is ebbing; now of all times and be­tween the tidal bound­aries of all places is a human body like­ly to be found float­ing among the other refuse. Part of the im­pact of the anal­o­gy to life aris­es, as usual, from the fact that the state­ment is lit­er­al­ly true. Mr. Crisparkle, Join­ing the search for Edwin Drood, uses this fact to guide him: "No search had been made up here, for the tide had been run­ning strong­ly down . . and the like­li­est places for the dis­cov­ery of a body, if a fatal ac­ci­dent had hap­pened under such cir­cum­stances, all lay — both when the tide ebbed, and when it flowed again — be­tween that spot and the sea" (MED, ch. 16). If a body ex­ists any­where in the river, most like­ly it will be here. But the mean­ing quick­ly spills over into the ter­ri­fy­ing knowl­edge that a hu­man body in the river is a some­how guilty thing. Who in read­ing of this does not find reen­forced the pre­sen­ti­ment that Edwin Drood has been foul­ly mur­dered?

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