Tuesday 16 February 2010

Bleak House

Reading Bleak House, I came across the following reference to Deptford - complete with horticultural pun! It's a nice reminder of how rural the surrounding area used to be:
'Where have you sprung from?' inquires Mr Guppy.

'From the market gardens down by Deptford. I can't stand it any longer. I must enlist. I say! I wish you'd lend me half a crown. Upon my soul I'm hungry.'

Jobling looks hungry, and also has the appearance of having run to seed in the market-gardens down by Deptford.


Marmoset said...

I did notice the other day that the area we now know as Brockley used to be Deptford Common. Does this give us the right to call Brockleyites Deptford Commoners?


CarolineLD said...

I like it - but Brockleyites might not!