Quotation by Charles Dickens

Here were poor streets where faded gentility essayed with scanty space and shipwrecked means to make its last feeble stand, but tax-gatherer and creditor came there as elsewhere, and the poverty that yet faintly struggled was hardly less squalid and manifest than that which had long ago submitted and given up the game.
Charles Dickens (1812–1870), British novelist. The Old Curiosity Shop, ch. 15, p. 115 (1841).

One of the neighborhoods through which little Nell and her grandfather move in their slow departure from London.
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