Charles Dickens, King of Perspective

With one of the most famous lines in literature, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” Charles Dickens was able to understand and relate to the living conditions and the feelings of the nobility and the peasantry during and leading up to the French Revolution. To the peasants, starvation and poverty was a constant state- King Louis XVI lacked decisiveness and the ability to rule France in a way where people of all classes could benefit. In contrast, to the nobility, life was easy- peasants were willing to do hard labor for nearly no money at all.
So how was Dickens able to even comprehend the living conditions of polar opposites years before he was even born? Perspective, of course.


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