Inscriptions to E. H. Williams from His Wife, Christmas 1900, Ranked
An edition of the complete works of Charles Dickens came into my hands, and there was an inscription on each flyleaf to a Mr. E. H. Williams, from his wife. I thought they were pretty nice, so here they are from best to worst.
- 1.Bleak HouseThe gold standard. E. H. Williams's wife swung for the fences and knocked the ball right out of the park. Nice job!
- 2.Nicholas NicklebyAnother beautiful inscription. Looking at this almost makes me believe that true love is real.
- 3.Great ExpectationsNailed it.
- 4.Dombey and SonAnother favorite. E. H. Williams's wife must have been a fine woman indeed.
- 5.Our Mutual FriendNot amazing, but not bad either. No complaints here. It's a perfectly serviceable inscription.
- 6.Martin ChuzzlewitMiddling, I guess. I can take it or leave it.
- 7.The Old Curiosity ShopNot gonna lie, I kinda feel like she phoned this one in. Maybe her hand was getting tired?
- 8.Christmas StoriesINSCRIPTION PAGE MISSING. What might have happened? I wonder if there wasn't some secret domestic drama. Perhaps married life wasn't as idyllic as all that for the Williamses.
- 9.A Tale of Two Cities / Sketches by BozI get kind of a sarcastic vibe off this one, like "Merry Christmas, Mister Man, here's your precious books, like you ever read anything besides the racing form." Maybe she was just having a low-blood-sugar moment.
- 10.The Pickwick PapersObviously the bottom of the barrel. I think certain people need to pull their shit together and try a little harder next time.