Charles Dickens quote about word from Bleak House - A word in earnest is as good as a speech.
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A word in earnest is as good as a speech.
 Charles Dickens, Bleak House (1853). copy citation

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Author Charles Dickens
Source Bleak House
Topic word gravity
Date 1853
Language English
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“Here he kissed us again, and opening his arms, made us sit down side by side on a sofa ready drawn out near the hearth. I felt that if we had been at all demonstrative, he would have run away in a moment.
"Now, Rick!" said he. "I have a hand at liberty. A word in earnest is as good as a speech. I am heartily glad to see you. You are at home. Warm yourself!"
Richard shook him by both hands with an intuitive mixture of respect and frankness, and only saying (though with an earnestness that rather alarmed me, I was so afraid of Mr. Jarndyce's suddenly disappearing), "You are very kind, sir!” source

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