here. Recently, an anonymous person left a very interesting comment--so interesting that I simply had to repost it for all of you to see. Here it is:
"Reflecting on Dickens' relationship with Ellen Ternan adds much to your study of his life and enjoyment of his works. He was discreet about the affair out of concern for his image in the Victorian Era and potential impacts to his literary and commercial success, revealing a great deal about his human nature and personality. She was also generally secretive about it but (gossip though it may be) is alleged to have said in later life "I so loathed the old man's touch".
Speaking of secrets, imagine Miss Ternan mourning his death for some time, passing herself off as a 23 year old at 36, marrying a 24 year old clergyman, and living out her life in Victorian respectability. Discovering after her death that she was older than known and had been an actress, her son burned her papers.
A web search will turn up photos of her at various ages, and even the grave to which she took her secrets. Likewise, of course, for Mr. Dickens, adding color to our considerations. It really is a shame that so much of Dickens’ papers were deliberately destroyed by him and others. Deprived of the sweet details in their own words, the whole truth regarding their feelings and motivations will forever remain a mystery. So, we pursue our reveries and console ourselves that the mysterious is yet more delicious than the known."
Whoever you are, thanks for leaving this comment, and, wow, it looks like you've done a ton of research on this whole Dickens/Ternan thing. Readers like you are the reason why I love blogging. Before you left your comment, I didn't even think about analyzing the affair from Ternan's perspective. Dickens seems like such an intriguing person now, perhaps even more intriguing than his novels.