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Dickens Walk in Southwark. www.walksoflondon.co.uk/31/index.shtml

It was here that John Dickens was incarcerated for debt in 1824. Before being taken, he turned to his 12-year-old son and told him tearfully, ‘the sun was set on him for ever’. ‘I really believed at the time,’ Dickens later told John Forster, that these words ‘had broken my heart.’ Dickens recalled how, when he first visited his father here he ‘was waiting for me in the lodge… and [we] cried very much… And he told me, I remember… that if a man had twenty pounds a year, and spent nineteen pounds nineteen shillings and sixpence, he would be happy; but that a shilling spent the other way would make him wretched.’ Mr Micawber would later give the same advice to David Copperfield in the most autobiographical of all Dickens’s novels.


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