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Sorry to be pedantic - but I believe it's Dotheboys Hall, not Dootheboys Hall. I've often thought that Smike in Nicholas Nickleby is what the GOP believes to be the ideal American voter - abused, terrified and ultimately without any means of changing either state. I'd also put in a plug for the thrashing of Wackford Squeers by Nicholas Nickleby as one of the most satisfying moments in English literature.

El Jefe


Seconded on each count. And considering (spoilers ahead for non-Dickensians) that Smike's the ill-begotten son of Ralph Nickelby (who would have one of those "Bush/Cheney Farm & Ranch Team" stickers on the back of his SUV as a high-rolling contributor) so very apt.


Newt the man is deeply Dickensian, right down to his backstory (and in that way much like that loathsome master-creature from our early lives, Tricky Dick), although his name sounds a bit more like it belongs to Wodehouse. Gussie Finknottle would have to give him a thoroughly unexpected (and for Madeline Bassett, deeply enthralling) thrashing for bringing the good name of newts into disrepute.

Lance Mannion

Morzer, I always appreciate copy-edits. Thanks for the catch. I made the fix.

Earl Bockenfeld

Last night Rachel Maddow said Newt was playing the part of Jonathan Swift in that to keep poor children from being a public burden, that they could be a public good when eaten. Of course, Swift was a humorist and was joking when he said that, but Newt is a proven crook who has stolen from kids reading funds according to "Mother Jones" piece linked below.

For preventing the children of poor people in Ireland,
from being a burden on their parents or country, and for
making them beneficial to the publick - 1729

Author: Jonathan Swift

Grifters - Is there any doubt that Newticles has no moral core? No there is not. However, stealing "misdirecting" money from a charitable children's reading program to a staffer writing a bio about him? That's low. (Mother Jones)

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