Quotation by Margaret E. Sangster

On the day long after childhood when I suddenly heard of his death, the sky grew dark above my head. I was walking on a Southern highway, and a friend driving in a pony carriage passed me, stopped and said, "Have you heard that Charles Dickens is dead?" It was as if I had been robbed of one of my dearest friends.
Margaret E. Sangster (1838–1912), U.S. author. An Autobiography from My Youth Up, ch. 6 (1909).

Dickens (1812-1870), a great English novelist, was immensely popular in the United States, where he had gone on reading tours; Sangster was thirty-two years old when he died.
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