Do keep going with Lamb - he is a lovely writer.Hello Anglika,
Could you please give me answers as following at your convenience? I still have a lot of problems on reading Charles Lamb's essays. I read this essay by the aid of Chinese translation. But I don't really understand the author's sentiments.
Q1: Why did Lamb call nectarines and peaches forbidden fruit? They were difficult to grow, and not very common, so small boys were forbidden to pick them.
Q2: Why was Lamb, as a little boy, happy to stay in a quite and deserted big house, but not played with other boys? From the descriptions, I think Lamb was a very sensible, lonely and he indulged himself in his lonely world. His companions were plants, sunshire and fish. I don't think he is saying he doesn't want to play with other children, but is expressing the pleasure of having this large, empty, interesting house to himself.
Q3: I think Lamb compared himself to the great sulky pike and he woundn't like play with his peers. Right? I honestly think it is simply a description of a pool. I don't read anything else into it.
Q4: What makes this article by Lamb classic essay? What are the striking features? I am bucking out of this question - sorry. However, I hope someone else will have an answer.
Q5: Why are there so many dash marks in the article? Fashionable at the time.
Q6: Do you think it is necessary to learn some the author's profile before study a piece of classic works? It could help to fill in the background. His life was difficult and sad, and he wrote these essays as an escape from the problems as well as to earn extra money. This is a very brief account: Charles Lamb
This is more extensive: Charles Lamb
Thanks in advance!