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Life and Adventuresof Martin Chuzzlewit 
by Charles Dickens A Penn State Electronic Classics Series Publication
 Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit 
by Charles Dickens
is a publication of the Pennsylva-nia State University. This Portable Document file is furnished free and without any chargeof any kind. Any person using this document file, for any purpose, and in any way does soat his or her own risk. Neither the Pennsylvania State University nor Jim Manis, FacultyEditor, nor anyone associated with the Pennsylvania State University assumes any responsi-bility for the material contained within the document or for the file as an electronic trans-mission, in any way.
 Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit 
by Charles Dickens
the Pennsylvania State Univer-sity,
 Electronic Classics Series
, Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, Hazleton, PA 18201-1291 is a Por-table Document File produced as part of an ongoing student publication project to bringclassical works of literature, in English, to free and easy access of those wishing to make useof them.Cover Design: Jim ManisCopyright © 2000 The Pennsylvania State University
The Pennsylvania State University is an equal opportunity university.
3Charles Dickens
Life And AdventuresOf Martin Chuzzlewit 
by Charles Dickens
to one class of minds and perceptions, is plaintruth to another. That which is commonly called a long-sight, per-ceives in a prospect innumerable features and bearings non-exis-tent to a short-sighted person. I sometimes ask myself whetherthere may occasionally be a difference of this kind between some writers and some readers; whether it is
the writer whocolours highly, or whether it is now and then the reader whose eyefor colour is a little dull?On this head of exaggeration I have a positive experience, morecurious than the speculation I have just set down. It is this: I havenever touched a character precisely from the life, but some coun-terpart of that character has incredulously asked me: “Now really,did I ever really, see one like it?” All the Pecksniff family upon earth are quite agreed, I believe,that Mr. Pecksniff is an exaggeration, and that no such characterever existed. I will not offer any plea on his behalf to so powerfuland genteel a body, but will make a remark on the character of  Jonas Chuzzlewit.I conceive that the sordid coarseness and brutality of Jonas wouldbe unnatural, if there had been nothing in his early education, andin the precept and example always before him, to engender anddevelop the vices that make him odious. But, so born and so bred,admired for that which made him hateful, and justified from hiscradle in cunning, treachery, and avarice; I claim him as the legiti-mate issue of the father upon whom those vices are seen to recoil. And I submit that their recoil upon that old man, in his unhonouredage, is not a mere piece of poetical justice, but is the extremeexposition of a direct truth.I make this comment, and solicit the reader’s attention to it in

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