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Indulging in Dickensian Delights: Exploring the Sweet Side of Charles Dickens’ Novels

  Every time I visit the Normal University Night Market, I have to eat grilled cheese and roasted pig’s trotters. At the same time, I am reminded of the dinner Mrs. Bardell entertained her friends in the novel “The Pickwick Papers” by the British writer Charles Dickens, “A portion of pig.” Hoof with some grilled cheese,” I thought as I ate it, seeming to experience the flavor of Victorian cuisine.
   Food-related topics are everywhere in the novels of food writer Dickens. According to statistics, “The Pickwick Papers” mentions 35 breakfasts, 32 dinners, 10 lunches and “something to drink” 249 times, but I only remember Mrs. Bardell’s grilled cheese, “a meal in front of the fire” It’s baked slowly in the oven, and the golden brown color is so cute.” This is a clip that fills the imagination of sweet tooth lovers.
   Do sweets affect people’s judgment? What’s certain is that sweets make me “misread” Dickens. It turns out that “A Christmas Carol” is an ode to plum pudding, making ordinary desserts an indispensable “protagonist” at Christmas dinners, which was pioneered by Dickens; it turns out that Pip’s “Great Expectations” began when he made butter bread The moment he gave it to the fugitive Magwitch, this warm gesture allowed Magwitch to sponsor Pip’s education in the future; it turns out that “Dombey and Son” is about a story about waffles, and the novel begins with little Dombey. Lying in the cradle next to the fireplace, “it was as if he had a constitution similar to that of a muffin and needed to be browned while it was fresh.”
   As a sweet tooth, what I was most looking forward to was an afternoon drink with Dickens. Tea. What he was interested in was not the tea, but the tea cakes he baked with his pen: Salilan cookies, the most popular delicacy during the Hanoverian Dynasty. Dickens wrote it in “Church Bells”, in which the grocer mentioned muffins and scones. , Saleen cookies “as if counting their own merits”; nut biscuits, which was a gift from David Copperfield to Miss Shepherd when he first fell in love, along with 12 Brazilian walnuts and “uncountable “Orange” together became Copperfield’s love letter to youth…
   “Dickens rarely mentioned cakes and puddings in his works.” British food historian Penn Vogler said, “But “David Copperfield ” is an exception. This autobiographical novel contains his memories of childhood sweets.”
   Suffolk fruit pudding, inn custard pudding, River Street batter pudding, Aunt Doro’s caraway Sweet cakes, Miss Mill’s candied gingerbread…especially the apple snacks made by the maid Peggotty not only accompanied Couperfield on his journey to school, but also made him happy in marriage: after tasting a piece, the coachman Bacchis said: When Copperfield wrote to Peggotty, he sent a sentence – “Bacchis is willing”. This was also the last word Bacchis said before his death. Delicious food engraved in memories, loved till death.
   Dickens’s love for food stems from his childhood experience of poverty and constant hunger. In order to change his destiny, he studied hard and finally succeeded with a pen. “A piece of bread earned through hard work is much more delicious than an inherited banquet.” This is the delicious dessert he left to future generations.
   Tolstoy once said, “Nothing comes easy…eat chocolate and read Dickens, and you will be in a better mood.” In my opinion, you don’t need chocolate, just “read Dickens” and you will be in a good mood, because of his books It has its own slightly sweet “eating light”.