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confusion worse confounded

Complete confusion, deriving from a usage by Milton in Paradise Lost (1667).


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The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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...for carcasses was built ( 1866–8 ). Dickens, then, saw Smithfield reformed and reconstructed but, characteristically, it was the old Smithfield that held his imagination. Hustled through it by Bill Sikes , Oliver Twist found it ‘a stunning and bewildering scene, which quite confounded the senses’ ( OT 21; see also 16). Pip complained that ‘the shameful place, being all asmear with filth and fat and blood and foam, seemed to stick to me’ ( GE 20). Passing allusions are made in Dickens's works to the Borough Market ( PP 10, 32), Clare Market ( PP 20),...