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Letter to Bentley progress

May’s ‘Letter to Bentley’ shorthand decoding challenge turned out to be the trickiest yet. Find out more about our progress here…

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‘Didactic’ transcript

‘Didactic’ has turned out to be a short piece criticising Rome and commenting on Catholicism in terms similar to Dickens’s ‘Pictures from Italy’ (1846). Download a transcript here.

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Telling Tales: Dictation, Gossip, Fact, and Fiction

Is it important that Dickens is dictating to his shorthand pupil, Arthur Stone, in the texts that our Dickens Decoders have transcribed? In the first of two blogs, Professor Hugo Bowles thinks through the implications of these texts as spoken stories, as well as the role of dictation, gossip, fact, and fiction.

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‘You have seen me before tonight’: Transcribing ‘The Two Brothers’ part II

We thought the mystery of ‘The Two Brothers’ was solved when the amazing work of the Dickens Decoders produced a full transcript of part II. But, thanks to two eagle eyed decoders, it soon emerged that it wasn’t just the ghost of the Slough brother that we’d ‘seen […] before tonight’. Find out more and download a full transcript.