Tomorrow I will be teaching Charles Dickens' Great Expectorations, a rollicking tale of social-climbing and projectile saliva. My lecture is built around four main observations:
1) Charles Dickens is 68.2% more likely than any other nineteenth-century author to undergo surgical adaptation-by-BBC. This doesn't work if you count Ms Austen as a nineteenth-century author, which, for the convenience of this statistic, I don't.
2) Charles Dickens' beard was frizzy.
New historicist tonsurologists have various explanatory theories for this, my own being that the investigative expectoration Dickens performed while researching for his novel created an abnormally humid microclimate in the immediate beard environment, thus promoting aggravated on-set frizz.
3) Charles Dickens is the only non-scientific author to appear in any episode of Dr Who. I have this on good authority.
4) An anagram for Charles Dickens is "children's cakes". This is under no circumstances to be read as a coincidence. It is, on the contrary, highly significant. Of something. Charles Dickens is also an anagram for "sans elder chick", a fact which may offer the interpretive key to our reading of the chapters following Miss Havisham's death.