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In "Windows and Mirrors," a Tapestry of Faith program
Share one or more of Dickens' stories about children who were "have-nots" in 19th-century Britain by describing the story, reading an excerpt aloud, showing a video clip or any combination.
Introduce the phrase "haves and have-nots," which dates from Dickens' time. "Have-nots" are individuals who lack money, wealth and other material resources—as contrasted with "haves."
Process the scenes or stories, using these questions:
Point out that Dickens' time and place was noted for its extremes of wealth and poverty. The people we think of as middle class, somewhere between haves and have-nots, were a much smaller part of 19th-century British society, quite different from the way middle class people—the have-somes?—are the majority in the U.S. today.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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