Tom Tiddler's Ground by Charles Dickens
Author: Charles Dickens | Published: 1861
Tom Tiddler's Ground Synopsis
"Tom Tiddler's Ground" is a short story by English author Charles Dickens. It was published in 1861.
The story starts with a conversation between the Traveller and the Landlord, and they are discussing somebody who is considered a hermit. The hermit's real name is Mr. Mopes. He named his property "Tom Tiddler's Ground," the traveler questions why somebody would name their property after a children's game. The traveler is determined to look at the so-called property once he is done with his breakfast with the Landlord.
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“And why Tom Tiddler’s ground?” said the Traveller.
“Because he scatters halfpence to Tramps and such-like,” returned the Landlord, “and of course they pick ’em up. And this being done on his own land (which it is his own land, you observe, and were his family’s before him), why it is but regarding the halfpence as gold and silver, and turning the ownership of the property a bit round your finger, and there you have the name of the children’s game complete.
About Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens is one of the most famous and beloved authors in history. He has become a synonym for Victorian literature, and his stories are still as relevant today as they were when they were first published. His works have been adapted for stage, television, film, and radio performances since he died in 1870.
Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England, on February 7th, 1812, to John and Elizabeth Dickens. His father worked as a clerk at the Navy Pay Office while his mother cared for the children. Although he experienced poverty during his childhood, it provided much of the inspiration for many of his novels later on in life. Find out more about Charles Dickens at sevenov.com.