One day - One day, as Charles and his father were walking...

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Unformatted text preview: One day, as Charles and his father were walking just outside Rochester, his father pointed out the local mansion, Gad's Hill Place, and suggested that if the boy made the most of his talents he might someday be able to live in such a house. This is a classic example of a small, seemingly inconsequential moment that later proves to be highly significant. Gad's Hill Place became an ideal for the boy, and one that helped him associate talent with financial success. In 1856, when Dickens was forty-four, he was able to buy the house; he loved it and never moved again. In 1822, John Dickens, then a senior clerk in the navy pay office, was transferred from Chatham to London. There, continuing to spend more than he earned, he soon became hopelessly insolvent. In 1824, Charles was taken out of school and sent to work, pasting labels on pots of shoe blacking. Two 1824, Charles was taken out of school and sent to work, pasting labels on pots of shoe blacking....
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