The spectator, No. 454, August 11, 1712.
One-minute review: In the mood to be observant, unconcerned, not a significant actor in the city streets. From morning to night the types of people he observes change: gardeners; chimney sweepers; Covent Garden where I strolled from one fruit shop to another; flirtatious ladies; the signals from one coachman to another; “silk worms,” who go from shop to shop and never buy anything, but talk about laces and ribbons to their friends who do come and buy; a man who would die if he were not given money for a drink; the center of trade, the Exchange; and finishes the day at Will’s where men talked on the subjects of cards, dice, love, learning and politics.
Comment: Dickens gives a much more entertaining view of life in
Great Essays. Ed. Houston Peterson.
What is an essay? “They are all prefaces. A preface is nothing but a talk with the reader; and they [essays] do nothing else.” Charles Lamb.