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Shvoong Home>Books>Classic Literature>Summary on Charles Lamb’S “Dream Children-a Reverie” Review

Summary on Charles Lamb’S “Dream Children-a Reverie”

Book Review   by:akso6o175     Original Author: Andy Kester Sawian
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The children of James Elia, John and Alice, asked him to tell them about his grandmother-their great grandmother- Mrs. Field who used to live in a great mansion in Norfolk. The house belonged to a rich nobleman who lived in another new house. Grandmother Field was the keeper of the house and she looked after the house with great care as though it was her own. The tragic incident of the two children and their cruel uncle had taken place in the house. The children had come to know the story from the ballad of ‘The Children in the wood’. The story was carved in wood upon the chimney piece. But a foolish rich person later pulled down the wooden chimney and put a chimney of marble. The new chimney piece had no story on it. Alice was very unhappy that the rich man had pulled down the chimney piece with the story. She looked upbraiding and her anger was like her mother’s.
When the house came to decay later, after the death of Mrs. Field the nobleman carried away the ornaments of the house and used them in his new house. The ornaments of the old house looked very awkward in the new house, just like the beautiful tombs of Westminster Abbey would look awkward if placed in someone’s drawing room. Things looked beautiful only if they are in harmony with the surroundings. John enjoyed the comparison and smiled as if he also felt it would be very awkward indeed. Grandmother Field was a very good lady. She was also very religious for she was well acquainted with ‘The Book of Psalms’ in ‘The Old Testament’ and a great portion of ‘The New Testament’ of ‘The Bible’. Alice here spread her hands as if she was not interested in the praise of a quality of the grandmother that she herself did not have. Children find it difficult to learn lessons by heart.
Grandmother Field did not fear the spirits of the two infants which haunted the house at night. So she slept alone. But Elia used to sleep with his maid as he was not so religious. John tried to look courageous but his eyes expanded in fear. When the grandmother died many people in the neighbourhood including the gentry or the aristocrats attended her funeral. She was also a good dancer when she was young. Here, Alice moved her feet unconsciously as she too was interested in dancing. Grandmother Field was tall and upright but later she was bowed down by a disease called cancer. She was good to her grand children. Elia in childhood used to spend his holiday there. He used to gaze upon the bust of the twelve Caesars or roam about in the mansion or in the garden. In the garden, there were fruits like nectarines, peaches, oranges and others. Elia never plucked them but rather enjoyed looking at them. Here John deposited a bunch of grapes upon the plate again. He was showing that he too was not tempted by fruits.
From all the grandchildren, Grandmother Field loved John the most. John was lively and spirited, fond of riding, hunting and outdoor activities. He was brave and handsome. He used to take James Elia upon his back out for outings as James Elia was lame footed. But James was not very considerate to him. He was sorry for it. John died later and James missed him much.
The children began to cry at the sad turn of events. They asked him to continue the story of Uncle John but to tell them about their dead mother. The father began to tell them how he had courted their mother, Alice for seven years. He was at times hopeful of winning her and at times in despair. He explained to them what coyness, difficulty and denial mean in an unmarried lady. When the father looked at Alice she looked at that time very much like her mother. Thereafter, the children began to grow fainter. They began to go away further and further till the father could hardly see them. From a great distance they seemed to say that they were not children of Alice nor of him, they were not children at all, they were only what might have been. When he woke up he found himself in an armed chair. He had fallen asleep and he had been dreaming. James Elia had vanished. On the chair was only Charles Lamb.

Published: November 17, 2010   
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  1. Answer   Question  :    we need it in a elebrate manner View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    characters of John and Alice View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    justify tittle please ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    alice and john are actually the spirits or you can say children in dream to whom charle's lamb is telling the story Friday, February 28, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    JUSTYFY THE TITLE OF 'DREAM CHILDREN'? ( 2 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    The children whom the narrator is reciting the story to, are actually just a figment of his imagination. Since they are only a part of his dream, hence the the narrator's children are referred to as "dream children". Tuesday, April 08, 2014
  1. Answer  :    they are actually the spirits the great grand mother used to see. They are the children whom story was carved on the wooden piece of chimney. Friday, February 28, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    WHO IS THE CHILDREN OF IN THE WOOD STORY ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    author 'CHARLES LAMB' is narrator himself. its actually an autobiographical essay. Friday, February 28, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    WHO IS THE NARRATOR OF THIS ESSAY ( 2 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    charles lamb Friday, March 21, 2014
  1. Answer  :    charles lamb himself Sunday, February 16, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    who is the Author? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    Charles Lamb Tuesday, January 14, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    with whom Alice get married? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    Bartrum Tuesday, January 14, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    what was his girl friends name ( 3 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    she is known as many names in his writings i.e Alice Wintertal.. Friday, March 21, 2014
  1. Answer  :    alice Monday, December 09, 2013
  1. Answer  :    Alice. Wednesday, October 09, 2013
  1. Answer   Question  :    comment on the representation of romantic sensibility in dream children View All
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  1. 3. Maria Zegers

    unsatisfactory result

    this is not totally convincing summary of works like dream children. the author has directly inserted the original text at many places

    0 Rating Tuesday, July 23, 2013
  2. 2. ashu

    literature

    it is very nice summary..i totally agree with this thought of given explained of summary..

    0 Rating Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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    dream children

    philosopher should provide more useful material on dream children because the topics in these anthology are very strif and difficult so it will be use ful for students to provide more material

    1 Rating Saturday, September 24, 2011
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