Fifth Monthly Part: ‘Full half a year had come and gone’

When we first commenced A Tale of Two Cities Week-by-Week, my first real experience in serial reading, I had various set opinions in my mind about how serialisation works. I expected the novel to tease, to set up regular cliff-hangers and build anticipation, for the sections to open and close at significant points and for …

Eye of the Tiger? Reconciling the Muscular Christian and the “Mummy’s Boy”

Rereading the second monthly part this afternoon, I was immediately struck (pardon the pun) by the opening scene of the Reverend Septimus Crisparkle ‘assisting his circulation by boxing at a looking-glass with great science and prowess’. The first time I read the novel, many moons ago, I can be forgiven for not catching this reference …