Advice to a Beginner
… I remember arriving at 5, Hyde Park Place, Mr. Dickens’s town residence, in the soft sundown hour of an April day. The windows of the room in which we sat overlooked the Marble Arch and the spacious Park beyond. I never see this particular locality but I am reminded of that conversation, of somewhat over an hour, in which I learned, as it were, to unlearn myself. For it is quite needless to observe that Mr. Dickens had no sympathy with the romantic element in my character, and was at infinite pains to impress on me the necessity of cutting and pruning the exuberance of my fancy, and to direct me to lofty aims in the art I desired to cultivate.
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