Tallow Candles and Meaty Air in Bleak House

  title={Tallow Candles and Meaty Air in Bleak House},
  author={A. Henchman},
  journal={Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century},
  • A. Henchman
  • Published 2017
  • Art
  • Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century
In Charles Dickens’s Bleak House there is a strange (and disgusting) pattern of characters feeling that they can ‘taste’ the air, and that that air tastes either meaty or greasy. Esther notices that snuffing ‘two great office candles in tin candlesticks’ at Mrs Jellyby’s ‘made the room taste strongly of hot tallow’, the mutton or beef fat out of which inexpensive candles were made. In Bleak House, candles retain their sheepy atmospheres and release them into the surrounding air when consumed… Expand
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