Quotation by Charles Dickens

Language was not powerful enough to describe the infant phenomenon. "I'll tell you what, sir," he said; "the talent of this child is not to be imagined. She must be seen, sir—seen—to be ever so faintly appreciated."... The infant phenomenon, though of short stature, had a comparatively aged countenance, and had moreover been precisely the same age—not perhaps to the full extent of the memory of the oldest inhabitant, but certainly for five good years.
Charles Dickens (1812–1870), British novelist. Mr. Vincent Crummles in Nicholas Nickleby, ch.23, p. 290 (1839).

Mr. Crummles is referring to his acrobatic daughter, Miss Ninetta Crummles.
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