Отправлено 19 окт. 2013 г., 3:18 пользователем Sven Karsten
обновлено 19 окт. 2013 г., 3:18
What period is covered by the story of the Mystery of Edwin Drood? The investigations of Percy Carden and others have fixed the period as 1842, but there are difficulties in the way of accepting this date as correct, and these difficulties merit examination. Dickens says in Chapter III that "sufficient reasons which the narrative will unfold" oblige him to disguise the name of the central scene of the story, and it would appear that equally "sufficient reasons" make the period equally difficult to determine.
Consider the illustrations. Charles Collins, who designed the monthly wrapper before a word of the book was written "made his designs from her [Kate Dickens's] father's directions." It may therefore be assumed that Dickens approved of the wrapper as we see it, and approved of the way in which the figures in the design are dressed. Looking closely at these costumes we see that they are all, male and female, of the period 1869-1870 when the book was written.
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