In Dombey and Son, the first of his great novels and one which almost wholly turns on the differences between the sexes, Dickens says that women’s nature

is ever, in the mass, better, truer, higher, nobler, quicker to feel and much more constant to retain, all tenderness and pity, self-denial and devotion, than the nature of men. (Chapter 3)


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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    Kathleen Tillotson (ed.), The Letters of Charles Dickens Vol. 4 (Oxford, 1977), p. 590.Google Scholar

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