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 Post subject: Oliver Twist - Dickens
PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 2:42 pm 
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Following the advice from the Dickens' thread, I started reading "Oliver Twist".... and having just finished "Moby Dick" it's been a very nice change of pace.
I like "Moby Dick", but some chapters could just bog down the story for me. They weren't even uninteresting chapters, just the flow of the book felt choppy. Choppy like a sea?? Hmmmm... Melville you devilish genius!!

But "Oliver Twist" has been incredibly fun so far. Lends itself to being very clear and more easily understood.

Question though: when they talk about parish workhouses (poorhouses) do they mean explicitly and only religious parishes? Is parish supposed to be synonymous with a religious institution? I was assuming so at first.... but then at times there seems to be a kind of distinction between the two.

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Following the advice from the Dickens' thread, I started reading "Oliver Twist".... and having just finished "Moby Dick" it's been a very nice change of pace.
I like "Moby Dick", but some chapters could just bog down the story for me. They weren't even uninteresting chapters, just the flow of the book felt choppy. Choppy like a sea?? Hmmmm... Melville you devilish genius!!

But "Oliver Twist" has been incredibly fun so far. Lends itself to being very clear and more easily understood.

Question though: when they talk about parish workhouses (poorhouses) do they mean explicitly and only religious parishes? Is parish supposed to be synonymous with a religious institution? I was assuming so at first.... but then at times there seems to be a kind of distinction between the two.

Thanks


The workhouses were government institutions based on the local parish, not so much as the religious division of the populace as on the parish as the lowest civic division. It was, eventually (as by Dickens' time) run by the government, under Parliamentary laws, and tax supported. Workhouses often had chaplains, but, in the erastian British system, they were civic organizations, not religious , organized around the parish as the civic division, and based on taxing, not charity.

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Louisiana still has parishes instead of counties.


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