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The Lamplighter; a farce in one act   By: (1812-1870)

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The Lamplighter; a farce in one act by Charles Dickens is a delightful and entertaining play that will surely leave readers with a smile on their face. Set in 19th century London, this witty and fast-paced farce takes us on a hilarious journey filled with misunderstandings, miscommunication, and mistaken identities.

The story revolves around a young lamplighter named Jack Atrick who finds himself caught in a series of humorous situations. Jack is a lovable and earnest protagonist, desperately trying to impress his love interest, the beautiful Miss Luminary. However, things quickly spiral out of control when Jack's overbearing and eccentric aunt, Mrs. Snuffy, arrives unexpectedly, adding an extra layer of chaos to the already madcap storyline.

What sets this play apart is Dickens' unparalleled ability to create memorable and eccentric characters. From Mrs. Snuffy's obsession with snuff to Jack's bumbling and comical attempts to impress Miss Luminary, each character shines with their distinct quirks and idiosyncrasies. The dialogue is sharp, witty, and filled with delightful wordplay, keeping the readers engaged and laughing throughout.

The plot moves at a rapid pace, ensuring there is never a dull moment. The farcical elements are expertly crafted, with characters constantly entering and exiting the stage, often mistaking one another for someone else. This constant whirlwind of confusion and mistaken identities adds to the comedic charm of the play, creating many laugh-out-loud moments.

Although The Lamplighter is a short play, it manages to capture the essence of Dickens' storytelling prowess. The themes of love, mistaken identity, and societal expectations are interwoven seamlessly, adding depth to an otherwise lighthearted plot. Dickens also uses this farce as a platform to poke fun at the social class distinctions prevalent in Victorian England, shining a satirical light on the absurdity of the elite.

Overall, The Lamplighter; a farce in one act by Charles Dickens is a delightful and entertaining play that showcases Dickens' talent for creating memorable characters and delivering comedic brilliance. With its fast-paced plot, witty dialogue, and hilarious misunderstandings, this play is sure to entertain readers of all ages. Whether you're a fan of Dickens' works or simply in need of a good laugh, this book is a definite must-read.

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The Lamplighter by Charles Dickens Scanned and proofed by David Price,


'If you talk of Murphy and Francis Moore, gentlemen,' said the lamplighter who was in the chair, 'I mean to say that neither of 'em ever had any more to do with the stars than Tom Grig had.'

'And what had HE to do with 'em?' asked the lamplighter who officiated as vice.

'Nothing at all,' replied the other; 'just exactly nothing at all.'

'Do you mean to say you don't believe in Murphy, then?' demanded the lamplighter who had opened the discussion.

'I mean to say I believe in Tom Grig,' replied the chairman. 'Whether I believe in Murphy, or not, is a matter between me and my conscience; and whether Murphy believes in himself, or not, is a matter between him and his conscience. Gentlemen, I drink your healths.'

The lamplighter who did the company this honour, was seated in the chimney corner of a certain tavern, which has been, time out of mind, the Lamplighters' House of Call. He sat in the midst of a circle of lamplighters, and was the cacique, or chief of the tribe.

If any of our readers have had the good fortune to behold a lamplighter's funeral, they will not be surprised to learn that lamplighters are a strange and primitive people; that they rigidly adhere... Continue reading book >>

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