Tim McKinney: The Why of the Weir

Отправлено 14 июн. 2015 г., 9:53 пользователем Sven Karsten   [ обновлено 14 июн. 2015 г., 9:54 ]

Why did Dickens stage the jewelry find in the Cloisterham Weir? Crisparkle's "pilgrimages" (Ch X) to the weir are established early and often; this body of water must have been central in the author's intention. I have postulated elsewhere that Edwin is apprenticed to a group of Druids, and that he vanishes to break his engagement; and more is meant by this 'engagement'. Now consider:

"Rochester is taken to be the real setting, "resemblences are so identifiable as to be almost exact... Whilst a weir at Cloisterham plays an important part in the story, there is no weir at Rochester, the nearest being seven miles away." (Hill)

Considering, then, that the weir nearest to the "real" Cloisterham, Rochester, is a full seven miles away from the fictious spot, it becomes doubly obvious that Dickens had a special motive in mind for the weir when he penned it into the novel.

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