Chapter 2 of the author's Dickens and the Rhetoric of Laughter, which Clarendon Press published in 1971. It has been included in the Victorian Web with the kind permission of the author and of the Clarendon Press, which retains copyright.
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Chapter Three. Oliver Twist: Laughter and the Rhetoric of Attack
Chapter Four. The Old Curiosity Shop: Laughter and Pathos
Chapter Five. Barnaby Rudge: Laughter and Structure
Chapter Six. Martin Chuzzlewit: The Comedy of Accomodation
Chapter Seven. David Copperfield: Laughter and Point of View
Chapter Eight. Little Dorrit: The Attack on Comedy