I have a question, and it’s going to mean that you need to think back a little bit, and not just back into the early chapters of Anna Karenina (although quickly find your place in Part One, Chapter 11.) We need to think back several authors.
That’s right, I’m calling on your Dickens knowledge. Although he’s likely the first guy I’ll run to after we’ve finished the WEM list I’ve only read Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol and I don’t think either of them are the answer to my question. Here’s what I’m wondering:
When Levin is explaining to Oblonsky that he is afraid of virtueless women, his friend, who does not share the same fear, replies, “It is all very well for you to talk like that – just like the character in Dickens who used to fling all embarrassing questions over his right shoulder. But denying facts is no answer.”
Which Dickens novel? Which character?